Left to right:
Chamarra Ford, Kelsey Salopek, Grace Lemin, Riley Furrick, Abigail Tester, Dacia Hruska, Soraya Gibbs, Alyse Phares, Emaya Coleman, Lexie Zug
Picture courtesy of PrimeTime Shots
Park Elementary students have been loving Homecoming Spirit Week! Movie Star Monday and Tacky Tourist Tuesday were tons of fun, and the kids all loved Class Color Day on Wednesday. Mrs. Callahan was so excited for Throwback Thursday she was a day early! Go Ironmen!!!
After a yearlong hiatus due to the pandemic, Safety Patrols are back in action, and ready to help! All fourth graders have the opportunity to serve as a patrol for 4 1/2 weeks. They help students cross the street, guide them into the building, and also help students get settled in the morning before school starts.
The younger kids love having the patrols around, and the patrols are a huge help both inside and outside of the building. Please thank the students for their service when you see them outside!
From left to right: Dacia Hruska (Vice-President), Abigail Tester (Secretary), Riley Furrick (President), Alyse Phares (co-Treasurer), Brooke Weber (co-Treasurer)
Library book borrowing begins September 20th! In preparation, third and fourth grade students have reviewed the online catalog with Mrs. Takos and then worked on a scavenger hunt to practice the skills needed for locating books in the library (see photos). Younger students have been learning book care and demonstrating their use of shelf markers in preparation for borrowing. Everyone is excited to check out books!
Playing games with partners is a great way to practice math skills. Second graders are gaining a strong understanding of place value as they use their math vocabulary words "tens" and "ones" to describe base-ten blocks. One student provides a two-digit number while their partner models it correctly with their blocks. Keep up the great work second grade!
We are incredibly pleased to welcome Mrs. Christy Ruffing to Park Elementary! Mrs. Ruffing is starting her 23rd year as a Steel Valley teacher. She has spent the majority of that time working with kindergarteners, and she is really excited to start a new chapter as a second grade teacher at Park!
In her spare time, Mrs. Ruffing loves spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of two boys, and she really enjoys watching them play soccer. Mrs. Ruffing loves to travel, and she has fond memories of the time she spent student teaching in Ireland. Mrs. Ruffing is a licensed Zumba and Zumba-Kids instructor, and is a certified fitness instructor, as well. She attended Slippery Rock University and earned a Masters Degree from Penn State.
Please take a second to welcome Mrs. Ruffing to Park Elementary and wish her well in her new position!
The Allegheny Intermediate Unit, The Grable Foundation, and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation honored 16 principals from Allegheny County as Penguins Most Valuable Principal (MVP).
This program, highlighting the amazing work done over this past year, recognizes principals who demonstrate an innovative approach to learning, a continuous strive for excellence and a passion for their school and students. This pilot program came into existence by recognizing the difficult and unprecedented times our local school systems had to endure amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The Penguins MVP program is a way to recognize some hard working and deserving principals.
Congratulations to Kevin Walsh, Barrett Principal, on being named to this prestigious group of educators. Mr. Walsh was awarded with a monetary donation, courtesy of the Grable Foundation, to use for a school project of his choosing, as well and a Penguins Prize Pack consisting of Pens goodies, including a personalized jersey.
Congratulations to Barrett Elementary for completing all the requirements to be considered a “PA PBS Network Participating Site” during the 2020-2021 school year. This school year is like no other and so the network adjusted requirements to our “Recognition” system.
Barrett Elementary School has been for 12 years, but never identified ourselves as such.
Thank you for your commitment to creating a positive school climate EVEN during these unprecedented times.
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