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January 6, 2005

School news....
The soccer boosters, parents, coaches and the Franklin Regional community would like to congratulate Brian Bodnar and Austin Laird on their selection to the WPIAL Class AAA  All-Section Team and to Mike Sekhon for honorable mention. These players were selected by section coaches for their outstanding play throughout the 2005 high school season. 
(Mr. McClure)
Congratulations to our FRHS  kids and math teachers!  They won first place team, second place team, and fourth place team in the Calcusolve Competition.  Also, Vikram Raghu was the highest scoring individual, Rafee Memon and Rishi Mohnot tied for fourth place individual, and Hari Seshadri was the fifth place individual!
(Sue Sunseri)  
Today the registration deadline for the February 11th ACT test.
You can register online at
Community news...
The department offers many programs for a variety of ages including programs for youth and teens, snowman contest for ages 4 through 13, two programs for children with special needs, recreational swim, health fair for the whole family, day and evening exercise classes for adults. More information is available and registration for most programs can be done on-line at or at the municipal building. All Franklin Regional residents pay the same fee.  Call 724-327-2100, x 131 or 115 with any questions.
(Michele Clarke)
I have included at the bottom of the newsletter a listing of the classes offered. Also I was a copy of the agenda for the Health Fair on Saturday, January 14th. There are multiple speakers lined up with topics including Pain Management, Addiction, Depression, Time Management, and Medicine in the 21st Century. In addition there will be numerous screenings  and assessments available. If you are interested in learning more I can send you the agenda as an attachment.  Just send me an email at with "Health Fair" in the subject line.
Morning announcements.....
(New morning announcements titles are shown in blue)
The FRSD morning shows are replayed weekdays on Channel 19 at 5:30 p.m.
Youth for Understanding USA is asking high school students if they are interested in spending time in another culture or would like to bring another culture into their homes by hosting a foreign exchange student.  Please stop by the Counseling Center or visit for more information.
(Counseling Center, 1/4-1/6)
Attention Key Club members: There will be a meeting on Monday, January 9th at 2:30 in room 234.  Officers are to report at 2:20 p.m.
(Mrs. Koury, 1/6-1/9)
Attention all mathletes: The next competition and makeup competition will be Monday, January 9th at the usual time in the auditorium.
(Mr. Boggs, 1/5-1/6)
Attention anyone that may audition fro the Spring Show, Flowers for Algernon: There will be an informational meeting on Monday, January 9th at 7:00 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. in room 228.  Students may attend either the morning or afternoon meeting.  Students will receive monologues for show audition.
(Mrs. Babal, 1/4-1/9)
The Photo Club will have a meeting on Tuesday, January 10th at 2:20 p.m. in the Counseling Center.  Please be prepared with your camera and photo ideas.
(Mr. McClure, 1/5-1/10)
The senior class officers (Erica Tang, Mike Perone, Vikram Ragu, and Becca Zeyzus) must meet with Mrs. Gallucci, Mrs. Legge and Ms. Mellon at 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11th in the Library Conference room.  This meeting is mandatory for all officers.
(Mrs. Gallucci, 1/5-1/10)
Attention members of the Westmoreland Interscholastic Reading Competition Team: There will be a mandatory practice for team members immediately after school on Wednesday, January 11th.  If you cannot attend you must see Mr. McDonnell beforehand.
(Mr. McDonnell, 1/6-1/11)

Anne Brendel
Below is a listing of the Murrysville Recreation Department's current offerings for high school students. Once again the formatting is goofy.  All I did was cut and paste...the original is all the same size and font.  Sorry, I know it kind of makes it hard to read.
Registration and information at or 724-327-2100 x131 or 115
“Drumming Experiences with Jim Donovan of Rusted Root” on Friday, February 24  
Pizza party included for both sessions.
Location: Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Street
Jim’s relaxed and humor infused style of teaching is non-intimidating and all-inclusive. Drums are provided or you may bring your own. No experience required.
This is completely hands-on /interactive program. 
Jim Donovan is a current and founding member of the multi-platinum band Rusted Root. Jim has released 3 solo CDs as well as 4 instructional drumming CDs. Fulfilling his desire to share the power of rhythm first hand to people, Jim has built a series of drumming workshops that he teaches across the U.S. at universities, festivals, schools, corporations, and specialty venues. He is an adjunct faculty member at Saint Francis University and is the current director of percussion at the New York Institute of Dance and Education. Jim is a featured columnist in Drum! Magazine, the world’s number one drumming magazine. Jim was nominated for “Best Rock Pop Percussionist” in the 2004 Drum! Magazine Readers poll.
Session A – “Kids Jam! Youth Drumming Rhythm and Drumming Work shop
for ages 6 – 15                               6:30 – 8:00 pm 
Kids will be immersed in a fully interactive music experience with this internationally acclaimed teacher/ performer. This highly charged event is a deeply positive and memorable experience in team building while making music in a non-competitive atmosphere.
Fee: $19.00
Session B - “Rhythmic Motivation”
for ages 13 through adult                 7:30 – 9 pm
Beginners welcome. Get your groove on. Become immersed in an evening of drumming ecstasy. This highly charged event is intended to give you personal growth tools to last a lifetime. In this program Jim guides the participants through a series of steps designed to help each person learn more about themselves through the ancient art of hand drumming.
Fee: $27.00
“Discount Ski Tickets” at Seven Springs
A great savings! Great gifts! Great for groups! For the second year, Murrysville Recreation is offering discount ski tickets to Seven Springs.  These tickets offer users significant savings over gate prices and affords the opportunity to purchase in advance. 
The Midweek/SundayTicket - $28.00
Night Ticket - $20.00
Tickets can be purchased at the municipal building at 4100 Sardis Road during regular business hours.  See receptionist for tickets. Cash or check credit card purchases for this item.  For more information on ticket sales, call 724-327-2100 x 131 between 8 am – 5 pm, Monday thru Friday.
Snow report: or 1-880-523-7777.
Fee: $100.00    Min: 10            Max: 17
Tuesdays (8 weeks)      Jan. 24 – Mar. 14
Session A:        6:30 – 7:30 pm    8 – 12 year olds (all levels)
Session B:        7:45 – 8:45 pm   13 – adult (all levels)
Open Fencing Practice and Footdrills:   8:45 – 9:30 pm (free of charge)
Fencing is one of the oldest, modern sports.  It teaches you to think on your feet, enhances your agility, balance and reflexes and improves your cardiovascular system.  It’s fun, safe and exciting. Equipment is available; however, note on registration if you are bringing your own equipment. Instructors: Debbie and David Theriault, Pittsburgh Fencers East, US Fencing Association and USFA recognized
Location: Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Avenue, Murrysville
“Color My World”
for grades 6 - 12
Fee: $42.00                  Min: 5
Tuesdays, February 14, 21, 28 (3 weeks)     6 – 8:30 pm                    
Using canvas, acrylic paints, paint markers, stencils, photo references and a creative mind, the artists will create one complete work of art that is a personal expression of the artist.  The students will learn the elements of color theory, repetition, lettering structure, background and how to carry a theme from thumbnails to finished product.  There are no limits on creativity with this class. The artist may choose to go extremely abstract or paint a still life! Instructor: Chris Moran, graphic designer muralist
Location: Sloan School Cafeteria, 4121 Sardis Road
“CSI – Crime Scene Investigation”
for grades 5 - 12
Fee: $16.00                  Min: 5              Max: 16
Monday, March 13 (no school for Franklin Regional)    9:30 am – 3:30 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 Street
Cardio-Kickbox for Youth”
for grades 6 -12
Tuesdays (4 weeks)       3:30 – 4:30 pm           
Session A:  Jan. 17 – Feb. 7
Session B:  Feb. 14 - Mar. 7
Session C: Mar. 14 – Apr. 4
Fee: $30.00 for 4 weeks; $75.00 all 12 weeks Min: 5
Kick, hook and upper-cut your way to a lean physique. Get your heart pumping with martial arts movement patterns as you tone your legs and upper body with kicks and boxing moves. Instructor: Kim Berkowitz
Location:  Innovative Exercise, located in Dean’s Health and Fitness, Village of Murrysville, Route 22
Chiseled Youth”
for grades 6 -12
Thursdays  (4 weeks)    3:30 – 4:30 pm           
Session A:  Jan. 19 – Feb. 9
Session B:  Feb. 16 - Mar. 9
Session C: Mar. 16 – Apr. 6
Fee: $30.00 for 4 weeks; $75.00 for all 12 weeks        Min: 5
This class promises to get you movin’ and sweatin’ as you reshape your body with strength training that uses bars, bands, dumbbells and more. Instructor: Kim Berkowitz
Location:  Innovative Exercise, located in Dean’s Health and Fitness, Village of Murrysville, Route 22
“Body Toning and Conditioning Aerobics for Teens”
for grades 6 -12
Fee: $49.00                  Min: 10            Max: 18
Wednesdays (6 weeks) Feb. 1 – Mar. 15  (no Feb. 22)            4 – 5 pm
A total fitness class unlike any other. It’s designed to get and keep you in superb shape.  Work with light weights, jogging and general exercise to tone and strengthen your muscles.  Instructor: trained staff with the FitnessWithEd program out of Pittsburgh.  (
Location: Sloan School Gym, 4121 Sardis Road
“An Important Dialog - Parent/Teen Discussions”
These programs are in conjunction with the Murrysville Police and endorsed by the Murrysville Area Leadership Team.
for grades 6 - 9
Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 pm
Fee: $7.00 per family for each individual discussion; $18.00 for all three.
Min: 4 families              Max: 9 families
Locations: Sessions A and B - Murrysville Community Center, 3091 Carson Street
        Session C: Juvenile Center in Greensburg
 (Directions will be sent by either e-mail or snail mail)
Session A: Internet/On-line Dangers           
Thursday, Feb. 16
What do you need to know to keep your child safe and to make sure your child knows the dangers that can lurk under innocent pretense when using the internet?
Instructor and Discussion Leader: Chief Thomas Seefeld, Murrysville
Session B: Juvenile Crime and Legal Consequences for Your Child’s Future           
Thursday, Feb. 23
Children and parents often do not understand the legal system and the short and long term consequences of illegal actions. What happens from the time a child is picked up by a police officer? When is a college loan affected?  What happens to your driver’s license when you are with others that are drinking? Instructor and Discussion Leader: Officer Bill Yakshe, Murrysville/Franklin Regional SRO
Session C: A Visit to Juvenile Detention Center
Thurs. Mar. 2
What happens and what is it like if a child goes to the Juvenile Detention Center in Greensburg?  Good for you and your kids to know!!!  Guide: JDC staff
“Driver Theory Education Program”  
for ages 15 and up.                                              
Fee: $125.00                  Min: 8      Max: 30
Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays (five weeks for 2 days/week) Jan 24 – Feb 23             6 - 9 pm, 
Getting ready to get your license or just got it?  is important to be a responsible, defensive driver and to know PA regulations.  Class instruction uses 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 100, Sloan School, 4121 Sardis Road, Murrysville
“What About That Car?”
for ages 15 and up.
Fee: $18.00 ($5.00 from each fee to be donated to Children's Hospital) 
Min: 5             Max: 15
Saturday, March 11      9 am – Noon
Get to know about cars!  Great class for new and upcoming drivers.  Learn what's under the hood; how to check the fluids, belts and hoses; change a tire; identify noises and recognize problems; read an owner's manual; communicate with technicians and read a repair order.  Parents, this course may save your car engine or radiator if your teen driver knows what to check and when!  Instructors: Bruce Downes and his certified mechanics. 
Location: Murrysville Auto Clinic, 3836 Old William Penn Highway (across from Bob’s Inn), Murrysville
“Discover Scuba”
for ages 8 and up
Fee: $32.00      Min: 4             Max: 10
Session A: Thursday, Feb. 9    
Session B: Thursday, Feb. 23
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm (6:30 in Room 225; 7:30 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 with Underwater Adventures and Ocean Odyssey Dive Center.
“Discover Snorkeling”
for swimmers of all ages
Fee:  $25.00     Min: 4              Max: 10
Session A: Thursday, March 9
Session B: Thursday, May 11
Each class is 6:30 – 8 pm
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 with Underwater Adventures and Ocean Odyssey Dive Center. 
“Open Water Scuba”
for ages 10 and up
Fee: $329.00                Min: 3              Max: 10
Dates:  Mar. 6 (Monday), Mar. 8 (Wednesday), Mar. 13 (Monday), Mar. 15 (Wednesday), Mar. 20 (Monday), Mar. 22 (Wednesday) and Mar. 27 (Monday - if needed)
Time: 6 – 9:30 pm (6 – 7:30 pm in Room 225 and 7:30 – 9:30 in Pool)
"Open Water Scuba...pool and academic experience" - Ready to join the underwater world?  With this course learn the academics and water skills to become an open water scuba diver.  Learn the water techniques and skills; study the academics at home to prepare for your test.  Once you have completed this course work, you will then be ready to enroll in the necessary four open water dives (at an extra cost) to gain your scuba certification. Each participant will supply his/her own quality mask, fins and snorkel. Tanks ,regulators and BCD's  will be supplied. After registering, registrants must call Barbara at 724-327-5456 x 2524 to arrange to receive academic materials before the class begins. Instructor: Barbara Haybarger, Franklin Regional Physical Education Instructor and certified scuba instructor with Underwater Adventures and Ocean Odyssey Dive Center.     
 “Adult Lap and Family Recreational Swim”
Winter/Spring Schedule:
Tuesdays, Thursdays (7:30 – 9:30 pm) and Saturdays (6 – 9 pm)
Beginning Saturday, January 14 – May 27 
(except 1/12, 1/19, 1/24, 2/2, and 2/16, 4/13, 4/15, 4/18, 5/6, 5/13). Go to for any changes in the schedule; or call 724-327-3200, X562. 
$3.00 per swimmer
Children under age 5 must have a paying adult in the pool with them BUT are free
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.