December 12, 2022
THIS WEEK’S HEADLINES
WINTER BREAK: DEC. 23-30
Bethel Park School District will have its annual Winter Break, December 23-30. Classes will resume on Monday, January 2, 2023.
TECH TALKS: BUILDING DIGITAL HEALTH AT BETHEL PARK
In January, Bethel Park school director, and mother of five, Mrs. Gail Hoppe, will host free parent workshops to collaborate with parents and students to help build a digital world where kids can thrive. Sign up for the free workshops here.
BETHEL PARK ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME WELCOMES THE INDUCTION CLASS OF 2022
On Friday, in a ceremony held in the Bethel Park High School cafeteria and later at halftime of the Hawks boys basketball game versus Canon-McMillan, six former Bethel Park sports standouts were inducted into the Bethel Park Athletic Hall of Fame sponsored by Allegheny Health Network.
The inductees included Glenn Nordstrom (football and basketball) ‘45 and his son Carl (baseball and football) ‘83. The Nordstroms are just the second father-son combination to be selected for the BPAHOF. The other honorees included Eric Morrison (baseball and soccer) ‘04, Kellie Schmitt (tennis) “05, and Megan Marecic (basketball) ‘14.
James Moore, the founder of the boys basketball and football programs, was posthumously given the Distinguished Contribution Award.
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE TRIP
Bethel Park High School will send a delegation of students on an educational travel experience to Iceland & the Leadership Conference in Berlin, Germany, in the Summer of 2024!
There will be an informational meeting at 7 p.m., on Thursday, December 15, in the Academic Hub, as well as an online via Google Meet where the trip’s organizers will address all the details, including the travel itinerary, activities, academic opportunities, and of course the trip's cost.
Reserve your seat at the informational meeting here: https://bit.ly/3FsG83G.
FRENCH CLUB TRIP
The Bethel Park non-school sponsored trips to France are back! The next trip will be in June 2024. Any interested French students and their parents/guardians should attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the high school's Large Group Instruction room.
INTRODUCTION TO TRANSPORTATION
Students in Mr. Art Smock’s Introduction to Transportation class recently designed, built, and tested the aerodynamics of cars they created out of wedge-shaped wood blocks.
According to Smock, the designs were as creative as they were innovative and included a tank, a French fry car, a BPSD school bus, and a pink eraser, among others.
“I have taught this unit for a long time, and this is the most dedicated group of students I’ve ever had,” said Smock. “They all worked very hard on their designs, and you could tell.”
ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY CLASS DISSECTS SHEEP EYEBALLS
Students in Mrs. Megan Farren’s Anatomy and Physiology class at Bethel Park High School recently dissected sheep eyeballs as part of a comparative anatomy unit in which the students compare the structure and functionality of a sheep‘s eyeball to that of a human’s eyeball.
The students have also dissected a sheep‘s brain and how it impacts the sheep's central nervous system and will soon dissect a sheep‘s heart.
COMPUTER INTEGRATED MANUFACTURING (CIM) USES A NEW DIGITAL TORQUE ADAPTOR TO COMPARE THE RELATIVE STRENGTH OF SELF-MADE WRENCHES
Students in Mr. Brad Kszastowski’s Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class used a digital torque adaptor purchased thanks to a generous donation from Harbor Freight as part of its #toolsforschools program.
The adapter measured the relative strength of wrenches designed by the students on software called Fusion 360 and created through the school’s Creality Ender 3D Printer.
BPHS HOLIDAY TREE CONTEST
BPHS recently welcomed BPTV, which shot its annual Holiday Tree special.
The school’s DECA (marketing) club sponsored the annual tradition in which various classes, clubs, and teams adopted/decorated one of 19 trees. Many treated the event as a fundraiser, while others saw it as a fun group activity.
BPHS GERMAN TEACHER RECOGNIZED
Bethel Park High School German teacher Christopher Tobias and other Pitt students and alumni who traveled with him to Germany this past summer were given a shout-out in the Fall 2022 issue of Pitt Magazine.
PAJAMA PALS AGAIN COLLECTING NIGHTTIME SLEEPWEAR FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED YOUTH
Pajamas are something that many of us take for granted as we change into them at the end of the day before crawling into bed for a night’s sleep. Unfortunately, thousands of children, many of whom live in Western Pennsylvania, don’t have the luxury of enjoying the comfort of a cozy and well-fitted pair of pajamas.
Bethel Park seniors Meghan Krapp and Merris Gable are again trying to make a difference in children’s lives through an initiative they call Pajama Pals, now in its second year.
Throughout December, collection bins will be placed at various locations within the district, including each elementary school and the high school. They will also be placed at some local businesses. The young ladies ask that families donate new pajamas for children up to age 18. Previously worn pajamas cannot be accepted.
If you have any questions, you can reach them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can message them on Instagram at @pajamapals.
BPHS INTERACT CLUB TO HOST MOM’S MORNING OUT: DEC. 17
Should you need to do some last-minute Christmas shopping or run errands around the holidays, let BPHS’s Interact Club watch your children in an event they call Mom‘s Morning Out, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. Click here to register. https://bit.ly/3BbOTwu
NEIL ARMSTRONG MIDDLE SCHOOL CHARITY CARNIVAL 2022: DEC. 22
After a two-year break, the NAMS Charity Carnival will be held on Dec. 22! Students will enjoy an afternoon filled with games, activities, concessions, and raffle baskets while raising money for charity. All proceeds will be donated to UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, South Hills Pet Rescue, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
How can I help?
We need donations to make the carnival a success. Each homeroom has been assigned a theme for the basket raffle. Please bring in new, unused items that fall into your room's theme. All donations were due by Friday, Dec. 9. Click on the carnival flyer to learn more about the basket donations.
How can I get tickets for the games?
To avoid waiting in line, the best way to purchase tickets is online. All tickets will be distributed to students on the day of the event. Tickets were sold at school Tuesday, Dec. 6, during homeroom, and Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 7 and 8, during the lunch periods and the carnival. Additional pre-sale dates and times may be announced. Game tickets are 4 for $1. Raffle, food, and activity tickets are $1 each.
Purchase tickets here: https://nams-2022-charity-carnival.cheddarup.com.
GET READY TO ROCK AT ELECTRIFY YOUR STRINGS: JAN. 6
Bethel Park High School and Independence Middle School Orchestra musicians will light up the auditorium with some classic rock songs at their 2023 Electrify Your Strings Concert, at 7 p.m., on Friday, Jan. 6.
Tickets are $5 in advance and $8 at the door for the General Admission show. To secure your seats in advance, please get in touch with strings teacher Stephanie Glover via email at email@example.com.
Electric Cellist Greg Byers will lead the student musicians in the performance, featuring selections from the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, and many more.
UPMC SPORTS MEDICINE TO HOST INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: JANUARY 7
The UPMC Sports Medicine program will hold an Introduction to Athletic Training: An Interactive Workshop for High School Students Saturday, Jan. 7, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lemieux Sports Complex, 8000 Cranberry Springs Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066.
The winter workshop is for high school students who might be interested in a career in athletic training/sports medicine or who wish to enhance their daily skills while working under the direction of a certified athletic trainer.
The program exposes students to critical topics through lectures and hands-on practice of techniques and procedures.
The $40 fee for the workshop covers educational materials, supplies, continental breakfast, and lunch. If you have questions or wish to register, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 412-432-3724.
SIX BPHS STUDENTS RECOGNIZED BY PARKWAY WEST CTC
Last week, in an announcement made at the school, six BPHS students were recognized on the Director’s List of Honors Students for the first quarter in their respective programs by the Parkway West Career and Technology Center.
PHEAA POSTS VALUABLE FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOPS FOR FAMILIES OF COLLEGE-BOUND STUDENTS
For families looking for Financial Aid Guidance, PHEAA has prepared a recording of its most recent event as well as an overview presentation recording:
LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS DEALING WITH A SHARP UPTICK IN SICK STUDENTS
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently had a story about how many local school districts, including Bethel Park, are dealing with an uptick in sick kids and steps families can take to help keep our community healthy so that schools can continue to deliver in-person instruction. Elementary school nurse Mrs. Eileen Wallace was interviewed for the piece. Mrs. Wallace was also interviewed for a similar story by KDKA-TV.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
TURKA HONORED AT THE PENNSYLVANIA TEACHER OF THE YEAR CONFERENCE
Congratulations to IMS teacher Jason Turka, who was one of 12 finalists for the Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year Award, given this week to Ryan Hardesty of Blackhawk.
Mr. Turka was presented by one of his students, Veronica Balkovec, at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center.
SCHOOL BUS GARAGE:
Bethel Park’s school bus fleet has been relocated to Bethel Park High School from South Hills Village Mall’s west parking lot as crews work to renovate the school bus garage on Industrial Boulevard.
When finished, the anticipated $2 million project will feature a significantly improved water collection system, a repaved parking lot, enhanced security, and updated diesel warming stations.
The newly renovated area also provides the infrastructure to service electric school buses should they become a reality.
BPSD RELEASES ITS “BE A HERO” SCHOOL BUS DRIVER CAMPAIGN VIDEO
Be a hero! Apply today to become a Bethel Park School District Bus driver or aide. Tell your friends and family too.
Here is a recruitment video the school district has produced on it with the help of our friends at BPTV.
Interested? Call 412.854.8414, or email Transportation Director Scott Ziehler at email@example.com. Also, BPTV recently produced a full video for its “Around Town” program.
STUDENT SUPPORT COUNSELING STRUCTURE K-12
The Bethel Park School District values students' emotional, behavioral, and academic well-being. Bethel Park has invested heavily in the support structure for its students with comprehensive coverage that includes social worker services, school counselor services, and site-based therapy options for students who exhibit such a need. Click here to learn more.
BEHAVIOR AND EMOTIONAL SCREENING SYSTEM (BESS)
The Behavior and Emotional Screening System (BESS) is a screening tool published by Pearson for schools to determine student strengths and weaknesses in their child's behavioral and emotional well-being. This tool is short and is written in such a way that the student report form can be used by students ages 8 through 18 (3rd through 12th grade). Click here to learn more.
CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS WEBSITE
Visit our new facilities microsite, http://bpsdbestinclass.org, for the latest developments and most accurate information regarding the ongoing construction projects at Independence Middle School and Bethel Park Elementary Center.
BETHEL PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT’S STRATEGIC PLAN
The district recently released its Strategic Plan (2021-2026), including its Comprehensive Plan (2021-2024) and its ongoing long-term Facilities Planning. You can also see the district's Professional Development Plan and Induction Plan. See Superintendent Dr. James Walsh’s explanation of the plan.
For the most -up-to-date information on events happening within the Bethel Park School District, please consult this daily View All Events Calendar.
The Bethel Park School District encourages the involvement of parents and guardians in our schools. Pennsylvania State Law requires every volunteer with direct contact with students must have clearances on file with the school district. The required clearances are the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check (Act 34), and the FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114). PA Clearances are free to volunteers, and the FBI Clearance is $22.60. Volunteers who have resided in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years and have never been convicted of a Disqualifying Offense can sign a waiver to eliminate the need for FBI Clearance.
Click here for complete details on how to become a volunteer in the Bethel Park School District. Please be sure to follow the checklist in the attached link.
IMS STUDENT COUNCIL PRESENTS:
A Night in Paris… 7th and 8th-grade dance on Dec. 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the IMS Cafe (doors open at 6:10 p.m.)
IMS FUNDRAISER (Shopfund)
Pick-up will be available during school hours from 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Please contact the office if you need to make other arrangements.
IMS FUNDRAISER: PHOTOS WITH THE BUMBLE
The IMS life skills students are teaming up with the school’s drama club to raise money for a worthy cause. On Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, IMS students can take pictures with the Bumble Monster from “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” for a small donation to the Salvation Army of Western Pennsylvania.
IMS YEARBOOK ON SALE NOW: CLICK HERE TO ORDER
IMS YEARBOOK - PHOTOGRAPH SUBMISSIONS
The IMS Yearbook would love for you to share your images of middle school life. We are looking for photographs from athletics, extracurricular activities, or other community events to use in the 2023 book potentially. If you are willing to share any of your photographs throughout the school year, you can upload them to either yearbookforever.com or download the Yearbook SNAP app on your phone. The access code to submit images is Hawks.
If your child plans to play a winter sport, please submit all paperwork before tryouts.
Sign up on the REMIND APP to stay up to date.
IMS GIRLS BASKETBALL: Tryouts January 3, 4, 5 (Roster reduction if necessary, Jan. 6)
Regular season practice begins on Jan. 9
SCHOOL BOARD NEWS
SCHOOL BOARD REORGANIZES, ANNOUNCES NO CHANGES TO ITS LEADERSHIP STRUCTURE
The Bethel Park School Board held its annual December reorganization meeting, during which it announced no changes to its nine-member composition to its leadership structure.
The newly re-seated board unanimously re-elected Barry Christenson and Kimberly Walsh-Turner as board president and vice president, respectively, along with the reappointment of Weiss Burkardt Kramer, LLC (WBK) as the District’s solicitor. Click here for more.
SCHOOL BOARD ACTION SUMMARIES
Bethel Park School District provides school board action summaries after each meeting. The summary includes a short description of the main topics and action items. These summaries are not meant to replace minutes, which are approved and posted after the next regularly scheduled meeting. We hope these summaries provide some basic information and context around the reports, presentations, and action items. Also, you can follow the agenda for the next school board meeting here and watch the school board meetings streamed live online or on-demand on the school district's YouTube channel.
SCHOOL BOARD 2022 MEETING CALENDAR
The school board’s current meeting calendar can be found on our website. All school board meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are held in the Dr. Thomas A. Knight Memorial Community Room in the Bethel Park Administration Building unless otherwise noted. There are no school board meetings scheduled for July. If you cannot attend the school board meetings in person, know they will be live-streamed through the school district’s YouTube channel. Meeting dates and times are also available on the school district’s website.
ANNOUNCEMENTS & REMINDERS
BETHEL PARK PARTNERS WITH PEACHJAR E-FLIER SYSTEM
Bethel Park School District is partnering with Peachjar to provide an electronic alternative for distributing fliers.
Peachjar’s e-flier management system electronically approves fliers and emails them to parents’ and guardians’ inboxes. Parents can view e-fliers from their smartphones or computer. In addition, fliers are also posted on the school's website for easy viewing. More information about Peachjar can be found on their website.
The district is encouraging schools to use Peachjar because it saves time for school staff, it sends fliers directly to parents rather than using students as the distribution channel, and it saves paper.
BETHEL PARK CHEERLEADING CLINIC: JAN. 21
The Bethel Park High School Sideline Cheerleaders & Coaches are conducting their annual cheer clinic for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade who are interested in learning basic cheerleading techniques!
The clinic schedule is as follows:
A snack & water will be provided; please note any food allergies below.
You may also send a snack, but please mark any items that need to go back home.
*Parents do NOT need to stay but are encouraged to come back to watch the children cheer at 3:45 p.m.
Each registered child receives the following:
Bethel Park Cheerleading Clinic T-shirt
Certificate of Completion
Entry into a drawing for a chance to cheer with the cheerleaders at an upcoming varsity basketball game.
Registration Cost: $25 per child
*Please complete the attached registration form and mail it with your check payable to
BP Cheer Boosters:
BP Cheer Boosters
4607 Library Road; Suite 220-213; Bethel Park, PA 15102
MAIL-IN DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF REGISTRATION IS Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022
Unfortunately, former Bethel Park and Clemson football standout Steve Berlin passed away last week in Anderson, SC. He had recently turned 60. Berlin was a member of Clemson’s 1982 national championship team and their senior defensive captain in 1985.
Bethel Park School District is looking for bus drivers and aides. The benefits include a signing bonus, a competitive starting salary, health care coverage, and entrance into the state pension system. Interested applicants should visit the Employment section of the website or call 412.854.8414.
Metz Culinary Management is growing and is seeking Team Members for full and part-time roles in a busy Student Dining Services setting. Whether you enjoy cooking, serving, or customer relations, our Food Service Team comprises multi-talented individuals, all contributing to the Culinary and Hospitality services, ensuring our Students, Staff, and Guests enjoy a fantastic dining experience!?
Metz Culinary Management offers flexible schedules, mostly daylight hours, competitive wages, benefits, and Career Growth in the Contract Dining Services Industry! Interested parties should reach out to John Rambo by email or calling 412.854.8754.
BLACK HAWKS ATHLETICS
For those unable to attend the games, Trib High School Sports Network often broadcasts our games live at https://tribhssn.triblive.com/broadcast-calendar/. The games are also often broadcast live on local radio stations.
Basketball season has arrived as the boys team prepares for the 2022-23 season. The Hawks will compete in Division 4A and look to take care of business.
After a slow start last year, first-year coach Samantha Loadman's Hawks found their footing and finished 13-11 overall, reaching the WPIAL semifinals and the second round of the PIAA playoffs. She's hoping that flexibility will bear fruits again this year.
Bethel Park won the team championship at the 2022 Eastern Area Invitational Westling Tournament. The Black Hawks finished first out of 15 teams.
Senior forward Christian Strang was named the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League (PIHL) Class 3A November Player of the Month. Strang, who has battled illness and injury throughout his career, has seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) this season for the Black Hawks (3-7).
Voting is ongoing through Dec. 15 for the Great American Rivalry Scholar-Athlete Top 25, featuring some of the top scholar-athletes from around the country, including Bethel Park's Coby Goelz, who currently sits in first place in the standings! Voting is unlimited, and the student-athletes with the most votes will win. Vote here to put Coby over the top!
Stay updated with the latest information and changes to the BPHS sports schedules at https://bpathletics.bigteams.com/main/calendar/. Get information on all Bethel Park sports teams or those you’re interested in. Sign up on the site to have updates and schedule changes emailed to you, so you will know if something is canceled due to inclement weather. It’s a great Octoberway to stay in touch with our athletic teams, mainly when unpredictable weather necessitates postponements and rescheduling! Go Hawks!
BPTV IS LOOKING FOR GAMERS
Bethel Park Gaming is a show entirely dedicated to video games. They play, review, discuss & debate various games and are looking for community volunteers (14 and older) for their next show from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 7, at BPTV’s palatial studios in the Bethel Park Municipal Building.
GOFUNDME ESTABLISHED FOR LOCAL FAMILY RECENTLY STRICKEN BY TRAGEDY
You may have seen this tragic story in the news last week. A two year-old toddler drowned in a pond on the family’s property while her mother was in the hospital recovering from giving birth. Friends and neighbors have set up a GoFundMe to help the family with expenses.
SOUTH HILLS ELK LODGE COLLECTING HIDES FOR VETERANS
Elks Lodge No. 2213 in Bethel Park, located at 2789 South Park Road, is taking part in the national Elks’ Veterans Leather Program this holiday season.
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The Bethel Park School District will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual preference, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership, or any other legally protected classification.
The announcement of this policy is per state and federal laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Employees and participants who have an inquiry or complaint of harassment or discrimination, or need information about accommodations, for persons with disabilities should contact:
Dr. Zeb Jansante
Title IX Compliance Officer
301 Church Road
Bethel Park, PA 15102-1696
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