Board Recognizes Staff & Students

Student & Staff Recognition

The PR School Board & Administration recognized students and staff at its meeting on December 13, 2016.
Richland Elementary Named Title 1 Distinguished School for Fifth Consecutive Year
The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs is honoring Richland Elementary School for being named a Title I Distinguished School for 2016-2017. This marks the fifth consecutive year that Richland Elementary School has earned this prestigious recognition. Richland Elementary received the honor because it ranked in the top five percent of Title I Schools in Pennsylvania based on aggregate math and English language arts scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs). To receive this honor, schools had to show high achievement on the PSSAs, while qualifying for financial assistance through the Federal Title I program. Principal Gene Nicastro attributes the continued success to the supportive families in the community, attentive students, and a focused and determined staff who strives to meet students’ needs.

Air Force JROTC to Host Drill Competition & Honors Cadet with Medal

Pine-Richland High School Air Force JROTC cadets will be hosting their third annual drill meet on December 17, 2016 starting at 10 a.m. Nearly 250 cadets will compete in the Armed & Unarmed Drill, Color Guard, Uniform Inspection with Basic Air Force Knowledge Questions, Academic Quiz Bowl, Armed & Unarmed Exhibition and Competitive Knockout, which incorporates testing drill moves to determine the last cadet standing. This is a cadet led event that will be bringing in 10 schools that have an Air Force JROTC unit to compete and will be judged by both Air Force and Army active duty personnel volunteering their time on a Saturday. Organizers will be presenting trophies to the top three finishers in 11 separate events and medals to the top 10 finishers in two separate knockout events. Major Michael Morrison and Chief Michael Gasparetto oversee the program. 

During a surprise presentation on December 7, 2016, PRHS AJFROTC Cadet Henry Gaffey was presented the Silver Valor Award. Major Michael Morrison and Chief Michael Gasparetto surprised the cadet with a special awards presentation.  This is the second highest honor that a cadet can receive. Read more...

Students & Staff Extend Goodwill through Various Outreach Projects & Fundraisers
Students and staff are hosting many fundraisers around the district. Some notable fundraisers and participating schools include the:
  • Wexford Elementary School Read-to-Feed Program - Students, under the direction of the PTO, were able to help 1,730 families enjoy a Thanksgiving Day meal in the annual read-a-thon, which benefits the KDKA Turkey Fund, by raising $12,986 which was matched by PNC Bank for a total of $25,972 given to the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank.
  • Richland Elementary School Gift of Time Fundraiser - Staff and students helped the Richland Elementary Parent Teacher Organization raise money through the Gift of Time fundraising. Teachers and staff members volunteered their time to work with students before or after school on different activities from cooking to painting. Some sessions included Pizza & Apps with the Principal, Egg-cellent Engineers and Canvas & Cookies. Students were able to purchase raffle tickets to win one of many of these types of sessions with staff members. It was a great way for students and staff members to bond, build new connections and to learn more about a particular hobby, while raising money for the PTO. In all, $2,200 was raised. 
  • Stuff-a-Bus Toy Collection – Hance Elementary School, Eden Hall Upper Elementary School and Pine-Richland Middle School joined the other two elementary schools and Pine-Richland High School in the Stuff-A-Bus program. High school students and sponsors Brittany Adams and Lindsay Brough oversaw the project and were able to collect toys that were stuffed into six buses and delivered to organizers of the Toys for Tots annual fundraiser. Student Transportation of America, the district’s bus provider, generously donated the use of six buses.
  • The Pine-Richland Education Support Professionals Association wanted to thank the community for helping them collect cash donations prior to the football games for veterans with disabilities. PRESPA Representative Karen Murrin says the school employee group was able to collect $570 for the Disabled American Veterans organization.
While we could not list each and every fundraiser, be sure to check out the many fundraisers that are taking place throughout the district by reviewing your electronic newsletters, which are sent out weekly, or the website.

Eighth Grader Wins Geography Bee
A Pine-Richland Middle School eighth grader earned first place in the Pine-Richland Middle School Geography Bee. Middle school student Sam Stella will be taking an online qualifying exam to determine if he will compete in the PA State Geography Bee Competition on March 31, 2017. On Friday, December 2, 2016, he took first place at the annual Pine-Richland Middle School Geography Bee, under the direction of GATE Teacher Kathy Deal and PRMS Librarian Kathy Batykefer. Congratulations are also in order for eighth grader Michael Tamburri, who took second place, and seventh grader Eve Gaichas, who earned third place.

PRHS Students Clear First Round in Academic Quiz Competition

Pine-Richland High School will move on to a second round in the KDKA Hometown High Q, an academic quiz show. The team defeated opponents Bethlehem-Center and Uniontown to win the first round of the competition on November 12, 2016. Ninth grader Daniel Krill and juniors Ben Cohen and Alex Steger scored 600 points and won by a healthy lead of 200 points. Tune in, because the first round will be aired on KDKA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 on KDKA-TV. Teachers Ron Schmiedel and Brittany Adams sponsored student participation.

Juniors Recognized for Career Studies

AW Beattie Career Center is recognizing two Pine-Richland High School students as Students of the Month from October to November. They include junior Sarah Krahnke for Advertising Design and junior Trevor Valentic for Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning. As you know, AW Beattie provides students opportunities to earn college credit and/or certifications in an array of careers.

Field Hockey Players Named to All-Star Teams

Pine-Richland High School Field Hockey Players Sarah Metzmaier (junior) and Chalinda Schleicher (senior) were named to the WPIAL AAA All-Star team. In addition to Sarah and Chalinda, junior Molly Rottinghaus was named to the WPIAL AAA Section 1 All-Star team and senior Sammi Pavlecic was named as an Honorable Mention player. Players are selected by the other team coaches in the WPIAL. Congratulations to the players and Coach Donna Stephenson.