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FRHS E-News
January 6, 2008

I am finally back in business. Obviously I wasn't any more ready to get back into the routine than the kids were!
 
Mark your calendar.....
(New or updated items in blue)
 
MONDAY, JANUARY 7
    Meetings:
        Bye Bye Birdie parent informational meeting, 7:00 PM, auditorium
        School Board Committee-of-the-Whole, 7:30 PM, Administration Conference Room (Heritage Elementary School)
 
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
    Meetings:
        Fantasy/Creative Writing Club, after school, library
 
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
    What's happening:
        NAHS Studio Time, 2:30-4:00, room 134
 
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
    Meetings:
        DanceSport, 2:30-4:00 PM
 
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13
 
MONDAY, JANUARY 14
    Meetings:
        PTO, 9:00 AM, auditorium
  
PTO news....
(New or updated items' titles are highlighted in blue)
 
JANUARY 14TH HIGH SCHOOL PTO MEETING
The January 14th PTO meeting will be held at 9:00am in the Franklin Regional High School auditorium.  Guest Speakers will be Dr. D'Arcangelo, Shelley Shaneyfelt and Frank Muto.  They will present The Dashboard student/parent portal communication system.  The Dashboard has student academic information, including attendance and grades to date.  The Dashboard also includes a "virtual locker" where teachers will post assignments  and homework.  Future capabilities include discussion groups much like a chat room or blog.
In addition, Principal Tina Burns will update us on the positive events occurring at the High School.
 
Mark your calendars for this meeting.  We hope to see you.
(Penny Holden)
 
FRHS E-NEWS ARCHIVE
 
Good news...
(New or updated items' titles are highlighted in blue)
 
FBLA NEWS
The following students placed at the FBLA Regional Leadership Conference at St. Vincent on Friday:
1st Place
Grant Chaney
Zack White
Emily Liscio
Mike Sobczak
Brent Meyers
Omar Saleem
Doug Komandt
Chelsea Blankenship
Chris Owens
Manny Hill
Dave Bradshaw
Eliot Zalevsky
Justin Mikol
Nick Dozzi
Dave Fike
Brian Wagner
 
2nd Place
Mitch Settino
Garrett Arrigo
Caroline Stuart
 
3rd Place
Jon Liebegott
Chas Carson
Dan Kohrs
Matt Petersen
 
4th Place
Jared Yesko
Brittani Brown
 
5th Place
Rita Foley
(Roger J. Crider)
 
FABULOUS FOOTBALL 22
Joey Rockovich was named in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette's Annual list of the "Fabulous 22 Football Players in the Eastern section of the WPIAL". This list is always impressive, but especially this year, with the high caliber of high school football players in the league this year (Central Catholic, Jeannette, and Serra Catholic all won States this year.) It is a tremendous honor. Congratulations Joey!
 
HOLIDAY TELETHON
The telethon raised over $10,000!!!!
(ASB)

 
School news....
(New or updated items' titles are highlighted in blue)
 
MUSICAL MEETING
There will be an informational parent meeting for everyone involved in the production of Bye Bye Birdie on Monday, January 7th at 7 PM in the high school auditorium.
***Check out the new musical website at:  www.frhsmusical.com***
(2008 Theatre Guild)
 
MULTICULTURAL EXTRAVAGANZA
Students are invited to be part of the Franklin Regional Multicultural Extravaganza on Friday, February 1st at 7:30 PM in the auditorium. This year all donations collected will benefit the RED Campaign (AIDS Charity). For an application and more information students should see Mrs. Chunko (room 205) or Mr. Rust (Chorus room).
(Mr. Rust)
 
CARING TEAM NOTICE
All Caring Team member must submit all ticket stubs and ticket money for the Caring Team raffle to Mr. McLaughlin by next week.
 
MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY CELEBRATION - LET FREEDOM SING
The FRHS Choruses will host six predominantly African American choirs from Penn Hills, Beaver Falls and inner city Pittsburgh to present "Let Freedom Sing:  An Urban- Suburban Celebration of Community on the Martin Luther King holiday, January 21, 2008 at 7pm.  There will be over 300 performers involved in the concert!  Through music and oratory, we will demonstrate unity and reveal that we are all truly part of a larger, more inclusive community.
 
MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS
Lists announcements and provides a link to a video recording of the Panther News Break.
 
Lists Counseling Center's morning announcements and more. 
 
SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS AND DELAY PROCEDURES
 
FOOD SERVICE WEBPAGE
Gives links to menus, prices, and nutritional information.
 
CHANNEL 19 SCHEDULE
 
Ways to help....
(New or updated items' titles are highlighted in blue)
 
ENTERTAINMENT AND ENJOY BOOK COUPONS NEEDED
The High School Life Skills class is in need of the following coupons from the 2008 Entertainment and Enjoy coupon books.  Coupons can be sent to Judy Polczynski at the High School.  Thank you!
 
2008 Entertainment Book
A 14  Pizza Hut
C 45-46  Pasqualino�s
C 119  Brady�s
C 180-182  Burger King
C187-188  CiCi�s Pizza
C 256  Rudy�s Subs
C 288-289  Baskin Robbins
C 296  Boardwalk Custard
G 56  Miracle Lanes
 
2008 Enjoy Book
207  The Lamplighter
230  Spaghetti & Steak House
251 Carney�s Corner
267  Brady�s
376-381  McDonald�s
382-387  Subway
388-393  Kentucky Fried Chicken
394-399  Taco Bell
406-411  Pizza Hut
418-423  Dairy Queen
430-435  Burger King
442-446  Baskin Robbins
457-458  Donut Connection
466-468  CiCi�s Pizza
478-480  Dunkin� Donuts
493-495  Rudy�s Subs
523-524  Entenmann�s
807  Handel�s Ice Cream
975  7 Springs
1008 Sandcastle
1029  Kistler�s Golf
1042  Monster Mini Golf

 
Counseling Center news...
(New or updated items' titles are highlighted in blue)
 
SCHOLARSHIPS
Nacel Open Door Scholarship Exchange Program
Deadline: January 31, 2008

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
Deadline: May 1, 2008

Westmoreland Columbus 500 Scholarship
Deadline: February 29, 2008

PA Burglar & Fire Alarm Scholarship
Deadline: March 15, 2008

Delmont Area Athletic Association Scholarship
Deadline: May 31, 2008

Be sure to go to http://www.franklinregional.k12.pa.us/highschool/counselingcorner.asp to learn about other scholarship opportunities.
 
SAT PREP CLASSES
CCAC Boyce Campus
8 sessions, starting Feb. 12,  6:30 - 9:30 p.m., $99.00 (Course # XOU-201-1101)
2-day workshop, starting Feb. 9, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $89.00 (Course # XOU-210-1101
To register, go online to www.ccac.edu

Penn State - New Ken campus
6 Saturdays, starting Jan. 19, 10:00 a.m. - Noon, $91.00, including textbook
To register, call 724-334-6010 or pick up form in Counseling Center

COLLEGE FAIR
Pittsburgh National College Fair
David Lawrence Convention Center
Thursday, Feb. 28: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
                            6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 29: 9:00 a.m. - noon
A brochure containing more information, including a list of attending colleges, is available in the Counseling Center.
 
PENN STATE OPEN HOUSE
Open to underclass students who are interested in exploring an engineering major at Penn State, University Park Campus,  on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.  General information sessions, department tours, campus tours, and dorm tours. To learn more or to register go online to www.engr.psu.edu/openhouse.
 
SUMMER OPPORTUNITY
USMA Summer Leaders Seminar
Open to high school juniors who would like to explore life at a military academy.  June 7-13 or June 14-20.  Interested students must rank in the top fifth of the class have strong PSAT scores and have demonstrated leadership through athletics or extracurricular activities.  Cost is $325.00.  Apply online at www.admissions.usma.edu no later than March 31.  Spots fill up quickly.
 
Athletic Department news....
(New or updated items' titles are highlighted in blue)
 
FRHS SPORTS SCHEDULE
Does not include club sports (hockey, lacrosse, and bowling) schedules.
 
Community news....
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY
The Murrysville Community Library is currently accepting applications for Library Page. This position pays $6.25/hour and applicants must be at least 16 years old. (The library has a student exemption.) Library Pages are responsible for shelving returned library materials, assisting at the Circulation Desk and performing other tasks related to assisting library users with programs, resources and services. Typically, Library Pages work one night a week from 4:00-8:30, every other Saturday (either 8:30-2:00 or 11:30-5:00), one Sunday from 1:00-5:00 and one Friday afternoon from 3:00-5:00 per month. For more information or to submit an application, please stop by the Library and ask for Mrs. Beiber.
 
WINTER RECREATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS
I have included a listing of this winter's programs below, including two programs for children with special needs.

Have a great day!
 
Anne Brendel
FRHS E-News
 
Got news?  Send your news, comments, suggestions, and corrections to FRHSnews@windstream.net.
 
MURRYSVILLE RECREATION UPCOMING WINTER PROGRAMS
Check out webpage (www.murrysvillegov.org) for more programs and registration information. To talk to staff, call 724-327-2100 x 131 or x 115.
 
�S.A.T. Math Prep Course�                  Max: 12
Two day course to be held the weekend before the test offered on Mar. 1
Fee: $100.00 which includes textbook
Sat., Feb. 23 (8 am - 4 pm) and Sun., Feb. 24 (Noon - 4 pm)
This 12-hour course is designed to help improve math scores for PSAT/SAT.  Students will review math skills and test-taking reasoning strategies.  Using PSAT/SAT practice tests, students will be able to identify problem areas and learn test-taking techniques and decision-making skills regarding which problems to attempt and which to skip to achieve the highest score. Learn to work smarter, not harder. Bring a calculator and a lunch and two drinks for Saturday. Instructor, Ronald R. Rometo, is the former math instructor with Sylvan Learning Center, an adjunct faculty member with WCCC, a private tutor, BA/Math and BS/Engineering.  Location:  Municipal Meeting Room (2nd floor next to Murrysville Library), Murrysville Municipal Building, 4100 Sardis Road, Murrysville
 
"Build a Bird Feeder - Conservation Project"
for ages 5 to 19
FREE - no need to be a member of 4-H
Feb. 10                        1:30 - 3:30 pm
Make a homemade bird feeder to attract birds to your yard for the "Great Backyard Bird Count" (Feb 15-18). Share the time with the local 4-H Conservation Club and come away with a great winter project!  Parents are welcome to stay and make a feeder, too.  Call to register to make sure there are enough supplies for all? Bonnie Belak at 724-327-6885. Meet at Pleasant Valley Park on Pleasant Valley Road, if weather is bad, the group will move to the Murrysville Community Center?but dress warmly in case you are outside. The program is sponsored in cooperation with the local 4-H Conservation Club.
 
CSI � Crime Scene Investigation�
for grades 6 - 12
Fee: $20.00                  Min: 5              Max: 16
Sat. Apr. 12     9:30 am � 2:30 pm
Help solve a crime!!! Utilize techniques used by modern police forces. A day of fun and learning. Instructor: Sergeant Charles Tappe, special training in accident reconstruction, on-scene accident investigation, sobriety testing, auto theft training, hostage negotiation and crime prevention. Bring a bag lunch and two drinks.
Location: Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Avenue
 
�Driver Theory Education Program�  
for ages 15 and up                                              
Fee: $125.00                           
Feb. 5 - Mar. 5 (not Feb. 18)   6 � 9 pm
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. Location: Room 118, Franklin Regional High School, 4121 School Road
 
Valentine Social - Puppy Love�  for dogs and owners   FREE
Wednesday, February 13, 2008  6 pm
Walkers Pet HoTail, 4603 William Penn Highway (next to Cleveland Brothers)
For the Valentine season, Walkers Pet HoTail is partnering with the Municipality of Murrysville for a FREE Love My Pet / Love My Community Valentine Social to be held at Walkers.   Party goers will use Walkers large indoor play area to socialize and show some love.   Michele Clarke, Recreation Director, will speak and answer questions about the individual characteristics of the lovely dog-friendly parks in Murrysville, proper park etiquette for dogs and future plans for a Dog Park to be developed in Murrysville Community Park. Human and canine refreshments will be served. All dogs will need to be on a leash and be current on their vaccinations.   Call Walkers at (724) 327-PAWS (7297) for more details and to make a reservation.

 
�Discount Ski Tickets to 7 Springs�
Ticket A:  Midweek/Sunday/Non-Holiday ticket is $34.00
Ticket B: Any Night ticket is $24.00
Purchase tickets at the reception desk at 4100 Sardis Road. Cash and checks accepted. Checks can be made out to M.O.M. (Municipality of Murrysville).  Tickets are non-refundable.
Don�t have time to stop by the municipal building?
You can mail in a request for ski tickets.  Send a check with your name, full address, home and daytime phone numbers,  numbers of ski lift tickets (indicate either ski ticket A or B, as desired) and check for full amount made out to the Municipality of Murrysville.  Send to Recreation Department, Att: Carrie, 4100 Sardis Road, Murrysville, PA 15668
The tickets will be mailed to you within three working days of the receipt of your request and payment.
 
�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
 
�Fencing�
for ages 8 through adult             Min: 8              Max: 17
Location: Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Ave.
Instructors: Dave and Deb Theriault (US Fencing Association and USFCA recognized)
Fencing Classes
Fees: $75.00 for 8 classes                    $30.00 for equipment rental per session, if needed.
You must have own equipment (jacket, foil and mask) or pay extra for equipment rental
All classes are designed for beginner, intermediate and advanced students; fencers are divided by age and ability in class. When registering, indicate dominant hand and if you have all of your own equipment or plan to rent.
Tuesdays (8 weeks)  
Winter Session:             Jan. 29 - Mar. 25 (no Feb. 26)
            Session A: 6:30 � 7:30 PM       ages 8 -12                    Max: 17
            Session B: 7:45 � 8:45 PM       ages 13 � adult Max: 17
Spring Session:             April - 8 - June 3 (no Apr. 1 and May 6)
Session C: 6:30 � 7:30 PM       ages 8 -12                    Max: 17
            Session D: 7:45 � 8:45 PM       ages 13 � adult Max: 17
FREE Open Fencing for registered students from 7 - 9:15 pm
 
Fencing is fun and exciting. It develops coordination, strategic thinking and cardiovascular fitness.  Classes cover modern swordplay, rules and bouting. Wear comfortable pants and athletic shoes (NO shorts or sandals for safety reasons). If you have specific questions on class content, contact Deb Theriault at 724-327-4159 or dtheriault@alltel.net.
 
Open Fencing Practice Package
Package Fee: $33.00 per session
Equipment rental: $30.00 per session, if you do not own your own equipment.
Fencers who are not registered for class can purchase the Open Fencing Practice Package. Cost includes floor fee for 8 practice sessions (no instruction). Must have own equipment or pay extra for equipment rental. Electrical scoring setup is available.
Tuesdays     7 - 9:15 pm
Winter Session: Jan. 29 - Mar. 25 (no Feb. 26)
Spring Session: Apr. 8 - Jun. 3 (no Apr. 1 and May 6)
 
�Yoga Dance�
Fee: $45.00
Yoga + Ballet = Flexible Strength!  No yoga or dance experience required.  An experienced dance and exercise instructor will encourage you to enjoy the movement and stretching as you work your way toward a dancer�s body. At Innovative Exercise in Dean�s Health and Fitness.
 Day/Time:        Monday, 4:15 � 5:15pm
 
�Spinning ®
for teens and adults
Fee: $45.00                  Min: 4
Mondays (6 weeks)      7 - 8 pm
Session A:        Jan. 14 - Feb. 18
Session B:        Feb. 25 - Mar. 31
This is the original Spinning® program and the most popular group cycling class.  With no complicated moves to learn and music that begs your legs to pedal, getting into the best shape of your life has never been more fun.  Bring a towel and water bottle to class.  At Fitness 365, 100 Center Ice, Drive, Delmont.
 
�Discover Snorkeling�
for swimmers of all ages
Fee:  $25.00     Min: 4              Max: 5
Tuesday, Feb. 12         6:30 - 7:30 pm in Room 225; 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the pool
Discover Snorkeling is the first step towards exploring the underwater world. Take this beginning step to gain confidence with helpful tips and suggestions to make the most of your first glimpse underwater. All equipment provided. Instructor: Barbara Haybarger, Franklin Regional Physical Education Instructor and certified scuba instructor through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).
 
 �Discover Scuba�
for ages 8 and up                     
Fee: $36.00                  Max: 5
Tuesday, Feb. 19         6:30 - 7:30 pm in Room 225; 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the pool                      
Experience the underwater world at this non-committal one-day class.  Learn how to breathe underwater, then explore the bottom of the pool - it is that easy!  This course experience can be used as a credit towards gaining an Open Water Certification.  All equipment provided.  Instructor: Barbara Haybarger, Franklin Regional Physical Education Instructor and certified scuba instructor through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). An additional class can be added if the maximum registration is exceeded.
 
�Open Water Scuba�
for ages 10 and up
Fee: $339.00                            Max: 5
Mondays and Wednesdays, Mar. 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19 (26 for make-up day)
6:30 - 7:30 pm in Room 225; 7:30 - 9:30 in pool
Begin your adventure towards a lifetime scuba certification through this program.  Learn the academics in the comfort and convenience of your own home around your schedule.  During the scheduled sessions listed above, you will learn water diving techniques, review academic materials and complete knowledge review sessions.  Once you have completed this course work, you will be ready to enroll in the open water certification dives (available on various weekends throughout the summer or at the tropical dive destination of your choice while on vacation � fees vary by location).  Each participant will supply his/her own quality mask, fins and snorkel. Tanks ,regulators and BCD's  will be supplied. Instructor: Barbara Haybarger, Franklin Regional Physical Education Instructor and certified scuba instructor through the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). After registering, registrants must call Barbara at 724-327-5456 x 2524 to arrange to receive academic materials before the class begins.
 
 
�Adult Lap and Family Recreational Swim�
Tuesdays, Thursdays (7:30 � 9:30 pm) and Saturdays (6 � 9 pm)
Starts on Jan. 8 through May 24
(NOT Jan. 17, 22, 31, Feb. 2, 14, 16, 21, Mar. 1, 20, 22, 27, April 24, 26, May 10, 15, 20)
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.
 
Murrysville Recreation is offering two programs for children with special needs this winter.

 

�Funtime 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: $40.00                              Max: 12

Feb. 27 - Apr. 9 (7 weeks)      Wednesdays     5:00 - 6:00 pm

This is a chance to relax, have fun and learn skills for play. Students will be encouraged to follow instructions, work with others, use left and right hands and feet to play, improve eye-hand coordination and have fun. Bowling at Moose Lanes in Export on Apr. 9.  Instructors: Michele Clarke, Murrysville Recreation Director and Barbara Pees, Murrysville Parks and Recreation Commission. Location: Sloan School Gym, 4121 Sardis Road

 

�Special Needs Yoga�

for ages 10 and up                    Min: 5

Coaches, parents or TSS are encouraged and welcome at no charge    

Fee: $25.00 for 4 weeks          

Saturdays, 10 - 11 am

Session A:        Feb. 2 - 23

Session B:        Mar. 8 - 29

Instructor, Shauna Frantz, MSW, in addition to being a yoga instructor is also a trained behavior specialist whose specialty is working with persons with autism. In her experience, she has found yoga to be very relaxing and helpful with persons who have various emotional and developmental disabilities. This class offers simple yoga exercises and breathing and relaxation techniques.

Location: Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Avenue, Murrysville

 

To register or download a registration form, go to Murrysville�s web page at www.murrysvillegov.org or stop by the Murrysville Municipal Building or Library for a program supplement.  For more information, call Murrysville Recreation at 724-327-2100 x 115 or 131. ##