November 28, 2012

NHS drive benefits local food bank

ADAMS TWP — Members of Mars High School’s National Honor Society collected more than 700 nonperishable food items as part of a Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit families in need in and around Butler County.

The food drive was conducted as part of an annual NHS community service project, which asked members to donate 10 items each. All donations were collected and delivered to The Lighthouse Foundation food bank in Middlesex Township.

For more information, contact Charlesa Fassinger, NHS advisor, at 724-625-1581.

District to host parent math night

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District will hold a Parent Math Night from 6 to 8 p.m. today, at Mars High School LGI Room.

The informational meeting, for parents of students in kindergarten through eighth grade, will offer an overview of new Common Core and Pennsylvania academic standards; the Algebra I Keystone Exam; and the district’s new Pearson Envision Math Series. Breakout sessions will discuss specific curriculum changes in grades K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

Kurt Whited, Pearson Education senior mathematics investigator, will be available to answer any questions or concerns. All parents are encouraged to attend.

For more information, contact Matt Friedman, assistant superintendent, at 724-625-1518, Ext. 1503.

Student to march in Rose Bowl Parade

ADAMS TWP — Nick Pecora of Mars High School has been selected by Music for All to be a member of the Bands of America (BOA) Honor Band in the 2013 Tournament of Roses Parade.

Pecora is currently a sophomore at Mars and is the drum major in the marching band. As a member of the honor band, Pecora will be a member of the trumpet section marching in the parade. He is the son of Kelly and Paul Pecora of Mars.

The band members were selected from among hundreds of applicants across the nation for membership in this prestigious national honor band. The BOA Honor Band is a 325-piece national ensemble with winds, percussion and a flag and dance team.

The students will spend a week in southern California, where they will have rehearsals, performances at the Tournament of Roses Bandfest and Disneyland, and a featured appearance in the world-famous parade. The 124th Rose Parade will take place Jan. 1. The 5.5-mile parade (which is often referred to as the “Rose Bowl Parade”) will be broadcast on ABC.