Students, educators honored nationally

Friday, July 29, 2016 - Updated: 7:25 am

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St. Joseph High School junior Isabelle Schroeder was one of 3,000 students from around the world to advance to the Kenneth E. Behring National History Day Contest in College Park, Maryland.

She was a top 10 finalist in the senior division paper category. She was given a Most Outstanding Senior Division Award.

The paper was titled “Lincoln’s ‘Lost’ Legacy: Encountering Human Suffering, Exploring Innovative Solutions, and Exchanging Historical Treasures at the National Museum of Health and Medicine.”

Isabelle is the daughter of Edward and Maryellen Schroeder of Tarentum. They attend Mount St. Peter Parish in New Kensington.

Senior project

The red, white and blue float that rolled down Main Street in Zelienople July 4 for the annual Fourth of July Parade was created by Charlie Lisella and sponsored by Zelienople Rotary.

Lisella, a senior at Seneca Valley High School and an Eagle Scout, constructed the float for his senior project. He spent hours constructing the float, borrowing a friend’s trailer and truck to make the float possible.

“I wanted to do the float to promote scouting,” Lisella said. “It’s something I’ve always loved to do, and I want everyone else to be involved in it.”

Twenty-five Scouts from Pack 399 and Troop 399 participated in the float by riding, waving and handing out fliers promoting the troop. Troop 399 is located in Evans City and is sponsored by St. Gregory and St. Matthias parishes.

Holy Family

The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development announced in June the selection of Lisa Abel-Palmieri, head of school and chief learning officer at Holy Family Academy in Emsworth, for its 2016 class of emerging leaders.

The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence educational programs, policy and practice on the local and national levels. With 50 total members, the 2016 class is the largest since the program’s inception in 2005 and includes educators from 20 states, the District of Columbia, Bermuda and Taiwan.

“This year’s group of emerging leaders are the education rock stars of tomorrow,” said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD associate executive director. “Each of these educators brings a special passion and commitment to ensuring all kids succeed. We look forward to learning from each of these extraordinary leaders and giving them a platform to increase the positive change they bring to the profession and to the lives of students.”

All emerging leaders are enrolled in the program for two years and help to shape education policy, advocate for the whole child and explore multiple ASCD leadership pathways.

Alumni from the program — including Steven Anderson, Fred Ende, Tony Frontier and Pete Hall — have become ASCD authors, while others have become ASCD faculty and board members. While in the program, educators have the opportunity to take advantage of numerous opportunities, such as the following:

• Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader conference in July, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share and lay the groundwork for further collaboration.

• Presenting at ASCD conferences and events.

• Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets.

• Facilitating the #ASCDL2L Twitter chat, which occurs on the first Tuesday of each month.

• Hosting episodes of “ASCD Learn Teach Lead Radio,” a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network.

Educators selected for the Emerging Leaders program have been in the education profession for five to 15 years; demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching and leading; come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD’s beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.

For more information on the program, visit www.ascd.org/emergingleaders. To learn more about ASCD’s other programs, products, services and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.

Campus School

The Campus School of Carlow University dedicated its new “Campus School Outdoor Classroom” in May. The outdoor classroom, which is located in a garden area near the entrance to the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood off Terrace Street on the Carlow campus, will be used to provide a different dimension to learning at the Campus School.

“Many of us remember the experience of putting potting soil and a seed in a Styrofoam cup, then placing it on a window sill in the classroom and waiting to see if something grows,” said Michelle Peduto, executive director and head of The Campus School of Carlow University. “With our outdoor classroom, our students will be able to learn horticulture or environmental studies in a real-life lab.”

The Campus School Outdoor Classroom and its new signage were made possible by donations from the Sisters of Mercy, Shea Foundation, Ruth Egler and Carole Brown.


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