November 7, 2012

School to award perfect attendance

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School will hold a Renaissance Breakfast from 7:52 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

The event will honor approximately 447 students with perfect attendance and positive school behavior during the first nine weeks of the 2012-20 school year. Activities will include a free continental breakfast, guest speakers and door prizes.

For more information, contact Dale Sleva Jr., Mars High School assistant principal, at 724-625-1581.

School will honor local veterans

ADAMS TWP — Mars Centennial School will hold its annual Sixth Grade Veterans Day Program from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday.

The program will include a Veterans Day play written by Lori Jones, sixth grade social studies teacher, and performed by sixth-graders, who will also offer a flag-folding demonstration. The play has received an Outstanding Social Studies Project Award from the Pennsylvania Council for the Social Studies.

Fifth-graders in Jody Harbison and Brian Zima’s classes also will read the Gettysburg Address. Guest speakers will include Jim Miller, former Green Beret; Greg Haus, father of a current Marine; and Gene Wise and Lou Bauldoff, who will offer a POW/MIA Memorial Presentation.

Prior to the program, emergency and military vehicles will be parked on the school’s playground for students to examine.

The purpose of the event is to not only honor local veterans, but to teach students about veterans, the history of Veterans Day and the American flag.

For more information, contact Lori Jones, sixth grade social studies teacher, at 724-625-2601.

Elementary school has visitation days

ADAMS TWP — Mars Elementary School will offer its annual Parent Visitation Days from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the following dates:

• Tuesday — Second Grade

• Nov. 14 — Third Grade

• Nov. 15 — Fourth Grade

The events provide parents with an opportunity to see what their child’s day is really like, says Robert Zaccari, principal. The program has been well-received by teachers and parents alike.

For more information, call Mars Elementary School at 724-625-3161.

District to conduct ImPACT Testing

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District will hold ImPACT Baseline Testing, computer-based concussion testing, for student-athletes participating in winter sports through Nov. 28

All student-athletes in seventh, ninth and 11th grades are required to submit to testing as well as any students who did not receive a baseline test during the 2011-12 school year. Testing schedule is as follows:

Mars High School

• Thursday — Boys Varsity/JV Basketball

• Tuesday — Boys 9th Grade Basketball

• Nov. 14 — Boys Varsity/JV Wrestling

• Nov. 15 — Co-ed Swimming & Diving

• Nov. 16 — Make-up Testing

Mars Middle School

• Nov. 20 — Boys Junior High Wrestling

• Nov. 27 — Boys 7th/8th Grade Basketball

• Nov. 28 — Make-up Testing

All testing begins at 3:15 p.m. in the individual school’s computer lab. All student-athletes are asked to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early. Testing will be administered and supervised by the district’s athletic trainers.

For more information, contact the athletic office at 724-625-9380.

Locals enroll at Clemson University

CLEMSON, S.C. — Local residents have enrolled at Clemson University for the fall semester.

Taylor Edward Giel of Mars is majoring in general engineering.

Jamie Paul Harding of Cranberry Township is majoring in architecture, arts and humanities undeclared.

They join nearly 3,400 freshmen at Clemson this semester.

School to help needy with gifts

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School Student Council is accepting donations for its 2012 Treasures for Children Program now through Nov. 29.

The program, held in partnership with Butler County Salvation Army, provides children and families in need in and around the area with gifts during the holidays. Donations can be dropped off at the high school during school hours.

Monetary contributions also will be accepted. For more information, call 724-625-1581.

Mars hosts annual Fall Craft Show

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District will host the 30th annual Mars Fall Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Mars Middle School and Mars High School.

The event will feature more than 275 vendors. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Shuttle buses will be available between buildings.

Mars High School’s AFS/MISA (American Field Service/Mars International Student Association) Chapter and Mars Students International are event sponsors.

For more information, contact Maureen Orchard, event coordinator, at 724-625-3472.