By the time you read this message, we will be almost a month into the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Before we know it, Graduation will be around the corner and we will be finishing another school year in Bethel Park.
If you follow the District via our website, or our social media pages, or our weekly email newsletter, then you know the first five months of the school year were filled with many examples of student success, recognitions and good news.
Among the many examples of success were our high school Data Analytics students winning a national big data competition which focused on Police Department Data in Baltimore, MD. You can read more about their amazing accomplishment in this publication.
Our High School Marching Band did an outstanding job braving the cold temperatures and performing at Heinz Field for the Pittsburgh Steelers/Baltimore Ravens football game. It was extremely gratifying that many long-time season ticket holders took the time during the game to share their appreciation for the band’s performance.
Our students continue to explore the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) through various activities, including the 20-50 Independence Middle School students who stay after school once a week to be a part of the Innovators Club. Last year they built a go-kart and this year they are working together to build a wind turbine out of bicycle parts. You can read more about them in this edition of Chronicles as well.
Our students care deeply about the world around them, as NAMS students raised over $5,000 and shopped for Christmas presents for children whose parents are active military members. Memorial fourth graders filled 61 Christmas stockings with non-perishable food items for military personnel. Lincoln students made terrariums for nursing home patients. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the continuous generosity of our students, families and staff.
We’re proud of the efforts of our staff to write grants that provide things for our district at no cost to the taxpayer. We recently received three grants—one for $40,000 to help defray the salary of our School Police Officer, one for $2,000 to benefit the Cafeteria Fund, and the other for $1,000 to provide materials for a Therapy Room at one of our elementary schools. We are appreciative of the staff who took the time to make these applications and, no matter what the amount, we are thankful for the recognition and support of our schools.
We’re proud of the partnerships that we have formed with local businesses and organizations, including the Rotary Club of Bethel Park, the Bethel Park Chamber of Commerce, the Bethel Park Community Foundation and the Bethel Park Education Foundation, to name a few. All of these groups provide valuable resources and hands-on opportunities for our students, and we thank them for their continued support.
I’m especially proud that the attendance for December’s Senior Citizen Gold Card Luncheon at the High School, organized by the Municipality’s Recreation Department, was the largest ever. It was our honor and pleasure to welcome these citizens, many of whom no longer have children or grandchildren attending our schools, to be able to showcase our beautiful facility and highlight the musical talents of our students. If you were in attendance, we hope you were impressed with what you experienced and we invite you to continue to visit—for an athletic contest, a concert or our Spring musical.
Whether or not you have a child who attends a Bethel Park school, we hope you feel a connection to the District and a pride about what our students are able to accomplish. They may not be a member of your family, but they are your neighbors, and we hope you are as proud of them as we are. Our students are doing amazing things in and out of the classroom and are using the strong educational foundation that our teachers so ably provide for them, to continue to prepare for their successful futures.
We invite you to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the Bethel Park School District. If you are not a parent but would like to add your email address to our weekly E-Mail Newsletter, please email Vicki Flotta, our Public Relations Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to add your address to our mailing list. If you like social media, we are on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram as the Bethel Park School District and on Twitter as “bpsdinfo,” so please feel free to follow us and stay up to date with all of the things that are happening.
Spring will be here before we know it, quickly followed by the end of another school year, so I invite you to please take advantage of all of the things the Bethel Park School District has to offer for our community. I can guarantee you that you will be glad that you did.
As always, it remains an honor to serve this community and our children.
This message appeared in the February 2018 issue of the Bethel Park Chronicles.