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    School's Back in Session August 26
    Pine-Richland School District welcomes back a
    bout 4,610 students Thursday, August 26, 2010.  As the district continues to grow, Pine-Richland is welcoming some new administrators. See who is new and what else is in store in 2010-2010 by clicking hereDownload the 2010-2011 Activities Calendar by visiting this link.



    PRHS Ranks in Top Six Percent of High School's in the US

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    PRHS FBLA Members Place Ninth in National Competition


    Pine-Richland High School Future Business Leaders of America members Zach Dionise, Mark Leibensperger and Danny Nigh placed ninth in the United States in the Management Decision Making Category at the FBLA National Leadership Conference.

    The team traveled to Nashville, Tenn. to compete with more than 5,000 other FBLA members.

    Students Zachary Dionise, Mark Leibensperger, Daniel Nigh, Wilm Kranz, Alex Lee and Jonathan Thompson placed first in the Management Info Systems Team category and Patrick Nowak, Samantha Long and Melissa Sirera placed sixth in the Business Ethics Team category at the state competition in Hershey, PA April 12-14.

    FBLA members participated under the direction of co-sponsors Joseph Domagala, newly appointed assistant principal of Eden Hall Upper Elementary, and Teacher Laura Blaze. 



    PR Dance Team Earns Superior Ratings at Dance Team Camp

    The Pine-Richland High School Dance Team earned superior ratings at the National Dance Alliance Dance Team Camp at Towson  University in Towson, MD July 15-18.

    Among the superior ratings, Pine-Richland Dance Team earned first place for their home and team routines.  All members received awards in various areas such as technique, spirit and showmanship.

    All 14 dance team members collectively earned 50 awards. Notably, members Nicole Berezo, Joelle DeNisi, Megan Hawbaker, Kit Knapp, Alayna Letteri and Courtney Schwartz made the All-American Team.

    Schwartz also received the All-American Award as she demonstrated to be the best dancer at the camp. As winner of this award, Schwartz was offered a job to teach and perform with NDA. 

    Dance team members include: Callie Andro, Rachel Baur, Nicole Berezo, Joelle DeNisi, Megan Hawbaker, Alyssa Hinson, Kit Knapp, Chelsea Koryak, Alayna Letteri, Payton Novitski, Kayla Raber, Courtney Schwartz, Madison Stauffer and Alaina Zappas.  They are coached by Kristin Szarell Hough.


    PR School Board Second Air Force Junior ROTC Instructor

    On Monday, July 12, 2010, the Pine-Richland School Board approved Chief Master Sgt. Michael G. Gasparetto as Air Force Junior ROTC instructor.

    Gasparetto will be a part of Pine-Richland's first Junior ROTC program starting this upcoming school year at the high school.

    "I hope to help students realize their full potential and know that hard work both in and out of school will help them create their own success," said Gasparetto. "I believe it is the only way to ensure true success."

    Since 1987, Gasparetto has worked for the United States Air Force's recruiting services. Most recently, Gasparetto was the Director of Recruiting and Training for Air Force recruiting in Canonsburg, Pa. There he managed and directed sales training to nine district supervisors and four training managers in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Years prior, Gasparetto worked at the Pentagon as the Air Force's Human Resource Director for Recruiting/Selection.  As Human Resource Director for Recruiting, he managed and established all training requirements for more than 2,500 recruiters, recruiting supervisors and recruiting managers.

    Gasparetto joined the Air Force in 1981. In 1996 he graduated from Community College of the Air Force with a degree in Human Resources and Personnel Administration. In the same year he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Northwood University. Six years later he earned his Master's in Business Administration from Touro University International.
    Gasparetto will join Major Michael Lynn Morrison, who was appointed as a senior Air Force Junior ROTC instructor. Morrison was approved at a board meeting on May 24.

    Along with Gasparetto, the school board has also approved David A. Kristofic, as principal of Pine-Richland Middle School. Kristofic will be replacing longtime principal, Dr. Kathy Harrington.


    PRSD Names New Eden Hall Upper Elementary Assistant Principal

    The Pine-Richland School Board appointed Pine-Richland High School Teacher Joseph Domagala as new assistant principal at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School. Domagala will be replacing Michelle Welter who will take over as assistant principal at PRHS.

    Domagala has been with the Pine-Richland School District for four years. In 2006, he came to the district as a Business Education teacher and since then has taught marketing, international business, personal finance and computer applications courses. He has assisted in creating many new courses that are now implemented into the business department's curriculum such as sports management, online personal finance and personal finance. In 2009, Domagala was named Business & Computer Applications Department Co-Chairperson. Domagala was responsible for developing department budgets and developing department curriculum. He also served as the high school's co-founder and co-sponsor of Future Business Leaders of America Organization and co-sponsor for the Class of 2011.

    Since 2009, Domagala has served as adjunct instructor of Information Systems Management at Duquesne University.


    Prior to coming to PRSD, Domagala served as a long-term substitute and student teacher in the North Hills School District. He taught accounting 1 and business management courses and sponsored the club, Future Business Leaders of America Organization.

    Before entering the educational system, Domagala was staff auditor for Ernst & Young LLP. There, he analyzed technical application, operating systems, databases and overall technology environments. He also maintained communication between all levels of client and firm management.

    Domagala received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2001 and a master's in Business Administration with high honors in 2003 from Duquesne University. In 2004, he received his teaching certification from Robert Morris University and in 2006 earned a Master of Science in Business Education with high honors from Robert Morris University. In 2009, he received principal K-12 certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

    As Domagala prepares for his new position in the fall he hopes to assist students as they transition from three elementary buildings to Eden Hall and to assist Eden Hall Upper Elementary Principal Robert Cooper and the faculty in providing the best learning environment for the students of Eden Hall.

    Domagala is a member of the National Business Education Association and Pennsylvania State Education Association.




    PRSD Approves New Member of Administrative Staff


    The Pine-Richland School Board has approved Ryan Manzer as the district's assistant finance director effective July 1, 2010.

    Prior to accepting an offer to join the Pine-Richland School District Administrative team, Manzer served as financial analyst for PPG Industries, Inc. There, Manzer was primarily responsible for the external reporting of cash flows and pensions as well as preparing the companies internal financial reporting package. From 2005 to 2008, he served as senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where he audited some of the largest and most respected companies in Pittsburgh including members of the Fortune 500.


    In 2005, Manzer earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting from the University of Pittsburgh's College of Business Administration where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. Ryan is a certified public accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    As new assistant director of finance, Manzer hopes to provide support to the school board, superintendant as well as the Pine-Richland community to achieve the current financial and overall goals of the school district. He will be working with Finance and Operations Director Dana Siford.




    PR Dance Team Earns Superior Ratings at Dance Team Camp

    The Pine-Richland High School Dance Team earned superior ratings at the National Dance Alliance Dance Team Camp at Towson  University in Towson, MD July 15-18.

    Among the superior ratings, Pine-Richland Dance Team earned first place for their home and team routines.  All members received awards in various areas such as technique, spirit and showmanship.

    All 14 dance team members collectively earned 50 awards. Notably, members Nicole Berezo, Joelle DeNisi, Megan Hawbaker, Kit Knapp, Alayna Letteri and Courtney Schwartz made the All-American Team.

    Schwartz also received the All-American Award as she demonstrated to be the best dancer at the camp. As winner of this award, Schwartz was offered a job to teach and perform with NDA. 

    Dance team members include: Callie Andro, Rachel Baur, Nicole Berezo, Joelle DeNisi, Megan Hawbaker, Alyssa Hinson, Kit Knapp, Chelsea Koryak, Alayna Letteri, Payton Novitski, Kayla Raber, Courtney Schwartz, Madison Stauffer and Alaina Zappas.  They are coached by Kristin Szarell Hough.


    PR School Board Approves Pine-Richland Middle School Principal

    The Pine-Richland School Board approved David A. Kristofic Jr., as principal of Pine-Richland Middle School, at its meeting on July 12. Kristofic will be replacing longtime PRMS principal, Dr. Kathy Harrington.

    "I'm excited to get to know the atmosphere at Pine-Richland Middle School, which has been re-designated a 'Schools to Watch' school," said Kristofic. "I'd like to keep with that positive momentum."

    Since 2004, Kristofic has served as principal for West Shamokin High School and Elderton High School, both part of the Armstrong School District located in Ford City, Pa. At the Armstrong School District, Kristofic was an active member of the school district's wellness committee, foundation and various other professional committees.

    In prior years, Kristofic was the assistant principal at Indian Valley Middle School in Reedsville, Pa and Jr. High principal and Assistant Secondary principal in the Mount Union Area School District.

    Kristofic graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. He earned both his K-8 Elementary Education Certification and Masters of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, Kristofic received his Administration Certification (K-12) from Western Maryland College also known as McDaniel College. Six years later, he received his Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Westminster College. Since 2008, he has been a part of the University of Pittsburgh's Principal's Academy.

    Harrington retired June 30, 2010 after serving Pine-Richland for 16 years. She was appointed as Pine-Richland Middle School principal in 1998.




    PRSD Names New Eden Hall Upper Elementary Assistant Principal

    The Pine-Richland School Board appointed Pine-Richland High School Teacher Joseph Domagala as new assistant principal at Eden Hall Upper Elementary School. Domagala will be replacing Michelle Welter who will take over as assistant principal at PRHS.

    Domagala has been with the Pine-Richland School District for four years. In 2006, he came to the district as a Business Education teacher and since then has taught marketing, international business, personal finance and computer applications courses. He has assisted in creating many new courses that are now implemented into the business department's curriculum such as sports management, online personal finance and personal finance. In 2009, Domagala was named Business & Computer Applications Department Co-Chairperson. Domagala was responsible for developing department budgets and developing department curriculum. He also served as the high school's co-founder and co-sponsor of Future Business Leaders of America Organization and co-sponsor for the Class of 2011.

    Since 2009, Domagala has served as adjunct instructor of Information Systems Management at Duquesne University.

    Prior to coming to PRSD, Domagala served as a long-term substitute and student teacher in the North Hills School District. He taught accounting 1 and business management courses and sponsored the club, Future Business Leaders of America Organization.

    Before entering the educational system, Domagala was staff auditor for Ernst & Young LLP. There, he analyzed technical application, operating systems, databases and overall technology environments. He also maintained communication between all levels of client and firm management.

    Domagala received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 2001 and a master's in Business Administration with high honors in 2003 from Duquesne University. In 2004, he received his teaching certification from Robert Morris University and in 2006 earned a Master of Science in Business Education with high honors from Robert Morris University. In 2009, he received principal K-12 certification from California University of Pennsylvania.

    As Domagala prepares for his new position in the fall he hopes to assist students as they transition from three elementary buildings to Eden Hall and to assist Eden Hall Upper Elementary Principal Robert Cooper and the faculty in providing the best learning environment for the students of Eden Hall.

    Domagala is a member of the National Business Education Association and Pennsylvania State Education Association.



    Pine-Richland Fourth Grader in Running for America's Got Talent

    Cast your vote. Eden Hall Upper Elementary fourth grader Jackie Evancho is in the running for "America's Got Talent." If she receives enough votes she'll appear on the show in August. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0et5xcXvQns and cast your vote no later than July 3, 2010. You may remember Evancho sang the National Anthem at the pirate opener this spring.


    PA Teacher of Year Meets President

    PA Teacher of the Year Michelle Switala had the opportunity to meet President Barack Obama during a special recognition ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House.

    The meeting on April 29 was part of the Teacher of the Year Recognition week in Washington, DC in April. At that time the president introduced the National Teacher of the Year Sarah Brown Wessling.

    The Pine-Richland High School math teacher had a chance to chat with President Obama for a few minutes. She said the President loves Pittsburgh. He also told her that he is happy that she is a high school math teacher, because good high school math teachers are needed.

    National winner Wessling is from Iowa and teaches languages arts at Johnston High School.

    "To me, the award says that I have created an environment where learning is valued," Wessling said after earning the Iowa Teacher of the Year honor. "It recognizes the authentic nature of my classroom, where students are given chances to make mistakes without being penalized, helping them to learn and become strong, successful people."


    PR School Board Approves Pine-Richland Middle School Principal

    The Pine-Richland School Board approved David A. Kristofic Jr., as principal of Pine-Richland Middle School, at its meeting on July 12. Kristofic will be replacing longtime PRMS principal, Dr. Kathy Harrington.

    "I'm excited to get to know the atmosphere at Pine-Richland Middle School, which has been re-designated a 'Schools to Watch' school," said Kristofic. "I'd like to keep with that positive momentum."

    Since 2004, Kristofic has served as principal for West Shamokin High School and Elderton High School, both part of the Armstrong School District located in Ford City, Pa. At the Armstrong School District, Kristofic was an active member of the school district's wellness committee, foundation and various other professional committees.

    In prior years, Kristofic was the assistant principal at Indian Valley Middle School in Reedsville, Pa and Jr. High principal and Assistant Secondary principal in the Mount Union Area School District.

    Kristofic graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies. He earned both his K-8 Elementary Education Certification and Masters of Education from the University of Pittsburgh. In 2000, Kristofic received his Administration Certification (K-12) from Western Maryland College also known as McDaniel College. Six years later, he received his Superintendent Letter of Eligibility from Westminster College. Since 2008, he has been a part of the University of Pittsburgh's Principal's Academy.

    Harrington retired June 30, 2010 after serving Pine-Richland for 16 years. She was appointed as Pine-Richland Middle School principal in 1998.



     International Society Honors PRMS Teacher

    A Pine-Richland Middle School science teacher is being recognized by the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

    Teacher Carol Scott earned the Alpha Alpha State Woman of Distinction Award. She is one of 26 women to receive this award presented through the Alpha Xi chapter.

    To earn the 'Woman of Distinction Award', the nominee must have performed community service beyond her Delta Kappa Gamma Society International duties. Deserving awardees also must show that they have fulfilled one or more of the seven purposes of the society.

    Scott was honored at the 2010 Alpha Alpha State Convention June 11-13 in State College, PA.

    The society's mission states that the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International strives to promote professional and personal growth of women educato rs and excellence in education. More information on the society can be found at http://www.deltakappagamma.org/PA .


    PR Earns NSPRA Award of Excellence

    Pine-Richland Area School District earned an Award of Excellence in the National School Publication Relations Association's 2010 Publications and Electronic Media Contest.

    Pine-Richland School District earned the NSPRA's Award of Excellence for the 2009-2010 Activities Calendar: The Art of Education. Pine-Richland was the only school district in the state of Pennsylvania to earn an Award of Excellence in this category. Even more notable, there were only seven awards of excellence awarded for the calendar category in North America. Five of which were awarded in the United States and two in Canada.

    NSPRA also awarded Pine-Richland the Award of Merit for 2009-2010 Annual Report: Positively Pine-Richland. Pine-Richland was the only district in Allegheny County to earn an award in the annual report category.

    Both the annual report and calendar were submitted to NSPRA by PRSD's Communications Director Rachel Hathhorn.


    Pine-Richland High School Students Accepted into Area Health Education Center's Summer Health Career Academy

    Three Pine-Richland High School students have been accepted into the Summer Health Career Academy sponsored by the Southwest Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center. Emily Devor, Maggie Burris, Brian McWilliams and Jonathan Marks will be attending the health career exploration at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine from July 19 to July 23, 2010. Only 50 applicants have been chosen for the summer academy. All 50 of the students are from the southwestern Pennsylvania region.

    At the Summer Health Career Academy, students will have the chance to experience a variety of procedures as well as interact with health care professionals. Such procedures include: blood pressure reading, dental sealants,  reflexes, eye and ear exams and much more. Students will also participate in a simulated bio terrorism role play and the opportunity to debate on health policy issues.

    The Academy is designated as a Regional Summer School of Excellence by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

    2010-2011 General Budget Budget Presentation Overview

    The Pine-Richland School Board approved the General Fund Budget for the 2010-2011 School Year on June 14, 2010.

    The budget includes total expenditures of $62,889,320 and total revenues of $62,572,470 with a fund balance utilization of $316,850 for capital projects and to establish the following tax rates for the fiscal year 2010-2011:

    • Real Estate Tax rate of 21.9084 mills
    • Earned Income Tax of 0.5%
    • Act 511 Per Capita Tax of $5 for individuals age 18 & older
    • Pennsylvania School Code Per Capita Tax of $5 for individuals age 18 and older.

      Any questions concerning the budget may be directed to Dana Siford, director of Fiscal & Management Services at dsiford@pinerichland.org or call (724) 625-7773 ext. 6301.

    PRHS Class of 2010 Bids Farewell

    Nearly 350 high school seniors bid farewell to Pine-Richland High School on June 4, during commencement exercises at the PRHS stadium.

    Students chose Teacher Matthew Roberts to deliver the keynote address. 

    "What you accomplish is so much less important than how you accomplish it," Roberts told graduates.

    Valedictorian Rebecca Stabile, who's planning to attend Carnegie Mellon University this fall, will reflected on the "Great Potential" that emerges within students.

    "Each individual has something unique to offer the world," Stabile said. "I'm amazed at what my fellow classmates can do, and what they've accomplished in a short time. It's incredible. Don't forget this potential."

    Salutatorian Brooke Kelly, who will attend the University of Chicago, spoke about the "Pauses in Life" and how it's important to stop and reflect.

    "We need to make sure we don't forget the pauses in life," Kelly said. "We need to reflect. As our lives continue to move forward and before you get swept away, take a moment to pause."

    Tertiary Alyssa Whittington, who will attend Bucknell University, spoke about the "Balance Between Academics & Extracurricular Activities."

    Dr. Mary Bucci, PR superintendent, shared some good statistics with graduates.

    "Bidding farewell is bittersweet, but I am so proud of each one of you," Bucci said. "The Class of 2010 garnered more than 3.5 million dollars in scholarships and grants. That number has tripled from 2009. You certainly have made your mark. This class has the highest number of national merit scholars in the history of the school district. We have 12 students who scored among the highest 34,000 test takers."

    Participants were able to enjoy the ceremony before rain showers drenched the area.

    Students, administrators, teachers, staff and PR School Board also participated in graduation exercises. In addition, PRHS senior class officers including: Student Government Vice President Maria Rivero, 2010 Class President Molly Marra and Student Government President Patrick Nowalk helped facilitate the ceremony.

    Class Vice President Mike Wessel presented a $500 savings bond to Shane Rupert, a kindergartner from the Class of 2020.

    Including Kelly, Stabile and Whittington, the Top 10 of the Class of 2010 in alphabetical order includes: Dwight DiPasquale, Anne Graszl, Alissa Kasunich, Geoffrey King, Wilm Kranz, Michael Matthews and Melissa Sirera.

    These seniors were honored for their academic achievement at the "Top 10 Principal's Dinner" at the Springfield Grille. Students in the top ten were allowed to invite the teacher of their choice to attend this dinner with them.


    PR Class of 2010 earn Record $3.5 Million in Scholarships

    Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund Doles Out $22,000 in Scholarships

    (Gibsonia, PA) The Pine-Richland High School Class of 2010 earned more than $3.5 million in scholarships and grants this year. That number has tripled over last year's $1.3 million garnered by the Class of 2009. 

    Director of Collegiate Affairs Jean Whalen, who helps students research and understand how scholarships work, says students are working harder than ever.

    "Our students are working hard academically and athletically and are very community-service oriented," Whalen said. "The results show in the tremendous increase in scholarships and awards."

    Most of the scholarships were handed out at the PRHS Senior Awards program on June 2, 2010.

    Of those scholarships awarded, the Pine-Richland Opportunities Fund awarded more than $22,000 in scholarships. PROF is a non-profit foundation that strives to encourage and reward academic excellence and achievement.

    This year's PROF Scholarship recipients included:

    • Foster Family Scholarship ($2,000) - Nelson Thomas Warner IV
    • Gallagher-Lynne Scholarship ($5,500) - Adam Michael Janssen
    • Jeff Calhoun Performing Arts Award ($5,000) - Adam Michael Janssen
    • Pasquinelli Insurance Scholarship ($1,000) - Ryan Michael O'Dowd
    • Ruth V. Mattison/Ruth Lefevre Long Memorial Scholarship ($1,250 per year for four years) - Jenna Christine Biernesser
    • Richland Civic Club ($1,000) - Aleah Marie Chang
    • Scott Crawford Memorial Scholarship ( $1,000) - Annelise Mari Gaus
    • Ron Steiner Excellence in Communications Memorial Scholarship ($1,000) - Alexandrea Elizabeth Bittle

    If you would like to make a donation or start an endowment or scholarship program in memory of a loved one or friend or in celebration of a family, business or friend's name, please contact Co-Executive Director Rachel Hathhorn at 724.625.7773, ext. 6202. Contributions are tax-deductible.

    This year, the board is saying goodbye to Don Foster, who is retiring after several years as president. Hank Compernolle, who was serving as vice president, was appointed president. Moira Singer was appointed as vice president. Other trustees include Treasurer Larry Schuster, Secretary Cindy Dillen, who is retiring; and trustees Sally Beatty, treasurer in training Kraig Cawley, Barbara Freitag, Leo Gensante, Liz Gensante, Paul Hightower, Linda Honeywill, Beth Montgomery, Gabe Pellathy, Janet Rader and Patti Sinetar serve on the PROF board. Sinetar is the chair of the scholarship committee.

    Non-voting trustees include: School Board President Stephen Hawbaker, Pine-Richland Education Association President Jill Linsz, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mary Bucci and co-executive directors Anthony DiTommaso and Rachel Hathhorn.


    PR Baseball Team Captures WPIAL Class AAAA Baseball Championship
    Pine-Richland High School Baseball Team defeated North Allegheny 5-2 Tuesday night to clinch the WPIAL Class AAAA baseball championship at Consol Energy Park in Washington, Pa. Read more...