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FRHS E-News
September 19, 2006

Today's news is particularly long because I have included the Murrysville's Department of Recreation's offerings for this fall. There are also a multitude of event reminders and notices today.

 

School news...

CROSS COUNTRY SENIOR RECOGNITION TODAY
The FR Varsity Cross Country teams will recognize their seniors at their last home meet this season.  The meet will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 19th at 4:00 at Shields Farm in Delmont.
(April Jeroski-CC Boosters)
 
ALUMINUM CAN RECYCLING
Annie Essay's and Judy Polcyznski's classes collect aluminum cans.  The Life Skill classes uses the money earned to participate in functional and community based activities. Cans can be dropped off in the fenced-in collection bin behind the Middle School. Please do not place bags or boxes in the cage.  If you have cans in a container, leave them beside the cage and the Life Skills students will take care of them. The aluminum can collection and recycling program is an all-year activity.
 

Counseling Center news....

COLLEGE FAIR AT WCCC TOMORROW NIGHT
Wednesday, September 20th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Westmoreland County Community College. 
Over three hundred college representatives will be there in addition to financial aid officers from PHEAA and loan officers from local banks.

 


COLLEGES THAT CHANGE LIVES SEMINAR
The colleges profiled in Loren Pope's popular book, Colleges That Change Lives, will be holding a group presentation followed by a college fair on Wednesday, October 4th, 7-9:00 PM, at the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh.  The event is free and pre-registration is not required.  For more information, go to
www.CTCL.com and click on CTCL Events.

 

AXA ACHIEVEMENT SCHOLARSHIP
Up to $25,000 to students who demonstrate goal-setting, drive, and community service.  Past winners included a student who created a Habitat for Humanity type organization in her inner-city neighborhood and a student who published a series of original stories with touchable illustrations for blind students in her community.  More information and an application is available at
www.axa-achievement.comDeadline: Dec. 15.
 

Reminders...
COMMUNITY SPONSORED PROGRAM TO HELP FAMILIES TOMORROW NIGHT
A program entitled Ahead of the Game, sponsored by FRS, Murrysville Police, local churches, and the FBI will be held on Wednesday, September 20th from 7-9 PM in the FRHS auditorium. Topics included: what parents and guardians need to know about current trends to help their children make better choices.
(Tina Burns)
 
PARENT SUBSCRIPTIONS AVAILABLE TO THE PANTHER NEWSPAPER
The FRHS school paper, The Panther, is offering parent subscriptions. For only $30, you will receive 6-7 color issues of The Panther, plus the special senior issue. Not only will you get an inside view of all the high school activities and more, but you will be supporting the production of the paper.  Please consider subscribing to The Panther newsletter.... you won't regret it!
 
Send your name, mailing address, phone number, and payment (cash or check made payable to The Panther Newspaper) to:
Franklin Regional High School
Attn: Becky Carney
3200 School Road
Murrysville PA 15668
 
If you would like an order form I can send one as an attachment, just email me and request a copy.  I think this is a wonderful opportunity for parents.  The paper is very well done and has won numerous awards, including "Best High School Newspaper Achievement". I have found the paper to truly provide a bird's eye view of student life and opinions.
 
SPORTS SCHEDULE
Add http://www.highschoolsports.net/defaultcal_160.cfm?ct=w&school=PA156683470&spt=-1&lvl=-1&division=-1 to your favorites list and keep abreast with all the FRSD team schedules.
 
FRHS E-NEWS ARCHIVE AVAILABLE
Missed an issue of the FRHS E-news?  Then go to: http://www.murrysvilleonline.com/FRHS-ENews/enews.htm. My continued thanks to John Lynch for generously offering this service to the families of FRHS.
 
I strongly recommend you add this address to your favorites, particularly if you are an AOL user, since I have had so many problems in the past with AOL blocking delivery of the newsletter.  It is a great resource if you are looking for something from a previous e-news or if your delivery has been interrupted.
(ASB)
 
 
Club/Organization morning announcements....
(New notices' titles are shown in blue.) 
 
HOMECOMING DANCE TICKETS ON SALE
Homecoming tickets will be on sale during all lunch periods. Tickets are $15. Picture envelopes and guest forms are available in the main office.  Tickets will be on sale until Tuesday, October 3rd.
(Mrs. Bryant, 9/19-9/21)
 
SADD MEETING
The first SADD meeting for all members will be held Tuesday, September 19th after school in the nurse's office. The club purpose and expectations will be discussed.
(Mrs. Pianetti, 9/15-9/19)
 
INTERACT-ROTARY CLUB MEETING
There will be an important, but brief Interact-Rotary Club meeting of all interested members in room 211 immediately after school next Tuesday, September 19th.  Many exciting events that members will be interested in participating.  Interact Club works in conjunction with the Murrysville Export Rotary.
(Mrs. Gallucci, 9/13-9/19)
 
PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB MEETING
There will be a Photography Club meeting for all interested members on Wednesday, September 20th after school in room 132.  If you cannot attend this meeting, please see either Iris Kim or Emily Franey.
(Mr. McClure, 9/15-9/20)
 
YOUNG DEMOCRATS CLUB MEETING
There will be a Young Democrats Club meeting on Wednesday, September 20th in room 202. All are welcome to attend.
(Mr. Landsberg, 9/13-9/15)
 
SKI CLUB RECEIPT OF INFORMATION DUE
Ski Club members must have their receipt of information packet signed and returned to Miss Raymond in room 212 by Thursday, September 21st.
(Miss Raymond, 9/19)
 
AMERICAN RED CROSS MEETING
There will be an American Red Cross meeting on Thursday, September 21st after school in the Counseling Center.  Everyone is welcome to attend. Projects for this upcoming year will be discussed.  Anyone would like to be a part of the club, but cannot attend should see Anna Bevington or Mrs. Smart.  Hope to see you there!
(Mrs. Smart, 9/19-9/21)
 
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY MEETING
Habitat for Humanity meeting will be held after school on Thursday, September 21st in room 108.  Please bring $5 for registration and ideas for the booth at the bonfire. Thank you.
(Mrs. Shank, 9/18-9/21)
 
SNAP MEETING
There will be a SNAP (Special Needs Athletic Program) meeting for athletes and buddies on Thursday, September 21st, after school until 3:30 p.m. in room 126 at the high school. This year's activities, along with possible participation in the homecoming bonfire festivities in order to raise money for Special Olympics will be discussed. If you can not attend this meeting, but wish to participate in future activities, please stop by room 126 in the World Language hallway to pick up a calendar and a registration form.
(Mrs. Polczynski, 9/15-9/21)
 
FBLA MEETING
There will be a FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) meeting on Thursday, September 21st after school in room 211.  If you plan on participating in the club you must attend this meeting.  There will be no exceptions.
(Mr. Crider, 9/14-9/21)
 
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Want to Join A.S.L.? (American Sign Language)--NEW!
American Sign Language involves learning culture, history, and grammar. The first meeting will be held in Room 228 with Miss Cassidy on Thursday, October 5th from 3-4 pm. We will meet each Thursday and the only expectations are an open mind and cooperation!
(Ms. Cassidy)
 
Other morning announcements.....
(New morning announcements titles are shown in blue)
 
SENIOR CLASS HEALTH SCREENING TOMORROW
The entire senior class will be screened tomorrow for height, weight and vision in your English class.  Please remember to wear your contact lenses or glasses.  The Nurse's office will be CLOSED due to health screening.  Emergencies will be sent to the office.  Please treat all cold symptoms at home BEFORE school.
(Mrs. Pianetti, 9/19)
 
FRESHMEN CLASS OFFICERS ELECTED
Attention Freshmen: During your class meeting yesterday we voted for class officers and the results are in.  They were extremely close. Here are your new class officers:
President: Brian Brown
Vice President: Jon Blauvelt
Secretary: Abigail Ferry
Treasurer: Conner Hazelton
 
There will be a brief but mandatory meeting for 9th grade class officers in Miss Pursglove's room (203), on Wednesday, September 20th after school.
(Miss Pursgolove, 9/19)
 
COLLEGE REP VISITS SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER
Representatives from the following colleges will be visiting during the month of September:
(Changes and new listings are shown in blue)
 
Wednesday, September 20
    Period 2 - Lebanon Valley
    Period 4 - Alleghany
    Period 5 - Johnson & Wales
    Period 8 - George Washington
Thursday, September 21
    Period 2 - Rochester Institute of Technology
    Period 3 - Kent State
    Period 4 - Arcadia University
    Period 5 - Dickinson
    Period 6 - Grove City
    Period 9 - Westminster
Friday, September 22
    Period 3 - Geneva
    Period 7 - Thiel
    Period 8 - University of Dayton

Tuesday, September 26
    Period 2 - Point Park
    Period 8 - Robert Morris
Wednesday, September 27
    Period 2 - West Virginia Wesleyan
    Period 8 - Duquesne
    Period 9 - University of Akron
College visits are open to seniors and juniors students. Students must have teacher permission to attend.  Please see Mrs. Smart for a pass, PRIOR to the time of a visit.
(Counseling Center, 9/8-9/29)
 
Community news....
MURRYSVILLE RECREATION FALL PROGRAM REMINDER
 
PROGRAMS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
“Driver Theory Education Program”  
for ages 15 and up                                               
Fee: $125.00                            Min: 8      Max: 30
Tuesdays and Thursdays (five weeks for 2 days/week)
Oct. 3 – Nov 7 (no class on Oct 31)                 6 – 9 pm
Location: Room C121, Sloan School, 4121 Sardis Road
Getting ready to get your license or just got it?  It is important to be a responsible, defensive driver and to know PA regulations.  Class instruction presents a variety of techniques to train drivers to adjust to today's driving situations.  Student will be issued a "driver education certificate" which is acceptable for insurance discounts at the completion of the course. This course does not include on the road training. Instructor: Janet E. Sherid, PA Certified Driving Training School Teacher
 
“100 Walking Club”
for ages 12 and up
Fee: $14.00 for fall/winter program
Murrysville Recreation’s newest activity. Easy to do. Simple to join.  Walk with friends, walk out-of-doors, walk on a treadmill…just keep a record. Fall/Winter program recording dates start on September 18, 2006 and ends on March 31, 2007.  Join,  keep track of how much you walk, bring the official member card into the Municipal Building as you reach each milestone to receive your prize.
After 20 miles, bring get a Pedometer and a Water Bottle.
After 40 miles get a Coupon for a Salad.
After 75 miles, get a Tee-Shirt.
After 100 miles, get a Coupon for Lunch (value up to $10.00.
Members cards will be mailed upon registration. Please allow a few works days for receipt…but start counting right away. Prizes are available only as long as the supply lasts. This program is supported by Murrysville Police (water bottle), McDonald’s (salad), Pat Shannon Law Office (tee-shirt), JLM Logo (pedometer), Bella Luna Trattoria (lunch).
 
“Introduction to Horses and Riding”
Fee: $94.00                  Min: 4              Max: 10
Session A: Youth Class for ages 10 – 18 (weight limit of 170)
Saturdays, Sept 23. 30, Oct 7 (3 weeks)                      10 – 11:30 am
Learn to safely enjoy being around horses and to ride. Course teaches the students horse terminology, safety precautions, principles of care, proper grooming technique, and basic horse handling skills.  Students will have hands-on experience with horses. After learning the basic techniques, the students will be offered introductory riding lessons during the second and third classes.  This class is an excellent opportunity for the students to gain experience with horses in a closely supervised setting. The facility has an indoor riding arena so the classes will be held rain or shine. Dress in loose fitting comfortable pants, sturdy boots and a jacket or sweater. The boots should have a heel that is about ½-inch to 1-inch tall and that only has a minimal amount of tread on the sole of the boot (no hiking boots and no sneakers). All riders will use the school’s helmets or can use their own (with approval of instructor).  Parents must attend the first ½ hour of the first lesson of youth class to listen to safety instruction as well as sign “riding agreement and liability release form”. Location: Gusty Winds Acres Riding School, Salem Township (only 20 minutes from Murrysville; 10 minutes from Delmont). Directions will be sent by e-mail after registration.
 
“Fencing”
Fee: $98.00
for ages 8 through adult             Min: 8              Max: 17
(fencers will be divided by age and ability in class)
Tuesdays (8 weeks)   Oct. 3, 10, 17 24, Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5   (no class Oct. 31 or Nov. 7)
All classes are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students
            Session A: 6:30 – 7:30 PM       ages 8 -12                    Max: 16
            Session B: 7:45 – 8:45 PM       ages 13 – adult Max: 22
Learn the exciting sport of fencing!  Fencing teaches you to think on your
feet, enhances your agility, balance and reflexes, and provides you with a great aerobic workout.  This class will cover modern swordplay.  Equipment is included in the class fee. Wear comfortable pants and athletic shoes (for safety's sake, no shorts or sandals).  When registering, please specify whether you are right or left-handed in area for comments. Between 8:45 and 9:30 PM there is a free Open Fencing Practice for registered students. Questions about LESSON CONTENT or the open fencing practice session?  Contact Dave or Deb Theriault at 724-327-4159 or  dtheriault@alltel.net.
 
“Dean’s Health and Fitness Center”
Introductory membership offer for ages 12 through adult
Fee: $60.00 for 10 visits.  (Dean’s regular rate is $8.00 per day. You save 25%)
Give Dean’s a try….learn about all the machines, get personal instruction and have access to the shower/locker facilities. 
Hours: Mon-Thurs 6 am – 9:30 pm; Fri 6 am – 9 pm; Sat 8 am – 3 pm; Sun 8 am- 3 pm
Location: Dean’s Health and Fitness Center, Village of Murrysville, Rte. 22
 
“Classes at Innovative Exercise – AFTER SCHOOL INCLUDED HERE
(CHECK WEBSITE FOR EVENING PROGRAMS)
The following programs are at Innovative Exercise, located in Dean’s Health and Fitness Center, Village of Murrysville, Route 22. All classes are for 6 weeks; all classes are appropriate for teens and adults. For any questions about the content of classes at Innovative Exercise, call owner Britt Freund ( 412-610-4692).  Many of the classes are taught by Britt or Denise Freund, trained in New York City.
 
PICK TWO: SPECIAL OFFER WITH INNOVATIVE EXERCISE CLASSES ONLY
Take any two six-week Innovative Exercise classes during the same six-week session and mark the box for a $15 discount.
 
Yoga
Fee: $45.00 
Mondays, 4:15 – 5:15 pm
Session A:        Sept. 18 – Oct.23
Session B:        Oct. 30 – Dec. 4
This stretching and strengthening program will provide a highly effective cardio-respiratory workout to induce the relaxation response while devouring calories.  Proper body alignment is emphasized and balance poses are held, as well as linked together to flow and get the most benefit from this very healthy and physician recommended exercise.  Students of all fitness levels will benefit and are encouraged! Instructor:  Mary-Beth Kellogg
 
“Cardio Conditioning” 
Fee: $40.00
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 pm
Session A: Sept. 20 – Oct. 25
Session B: Nov. 1 – Dec. 6
Hi-Energy Cardio Blast!  Move and groove to burn calories as you strengthen, stretch, and tone with a variety of resistance training techniques.  Instructor: Denise Freund
 
AQUATICS
ALL AQUATICS PROGRAMS TAKE PLACE AT THE FRANKLIN REGIONAL MIDDLE SCHOOL POOL, 4660 Old William Penn Highway.
 
“Adult Lap and Family Recreational Swim”
Tuesdays, Thursdays (7:30 – 9:30 pm) and Saturdays (6 – 9 pm)
Sept. 16- Nov. 18 (not Oct. 5, 7, 21 or 31)
 
To check about pool closures, call 724-327-2100, X562 for last minute changes in schedule.  Other changes will be placed on www.murrysvillegov.org
$3.00 per swimmer
Children under age 5 are free, but must have a paying adult in the pool with them.
Children under age 16 must have an adult on-site in the pool area.
 
“Discount Lap and Family Recreation Swim Cards” – NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE
Planning a party or love to swim? Save money!  Buy a 10-coupon recreation Swim Card for $25.00 and save $5.00. Purchase your card at the Pool or from the receptionist at the Murrysville Municipal Building.
 
ACTIVITIES FOR PERSONS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
 
“Sports Skills Training for Children with Special Needs”
for ages 6 through 11   
Coaches, parents or TSS are encouraged and welcome at no charge to help with the class.
Fee: $23.00                              Min: 5              Max: 12
Wednesdays (4 weeks)            4:30 – 5:30 pm
Session A: Sept. 27 – Oct. 18
Session B: Oct. 25 – Nov. 15
Skills are taught in very learnable segments with lots of practice and fun games.  Students will be encouraged to work with others and use left and right hands and feet to play. The following sports skills will be taught: T-Ball; Kickball, Soccer and Basketball. Instructors: Michele Clarke, Murrysville Recreation Director and Barbara Pees, Murrysville Parks and Recreation Commission. Location: Sloan School Gym, 4121 Sardis Road

Have a great day!
 
Anne Brendel
FRHS E-News
 
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