January 9, 2013

Students learn from WWII veteran

JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley High School students are beginning the new year with a new perspective on history after meeting a World War II veteran just before winter break.

Students in the Honors U.S. History class learned about the Battle of the Bulge from S/Sgt. Roscoe Mulvey, a member of the Fourth Armored Division.

Jim Lucot asked Mulvey to visit the class on Dec. 20 — the anniversary of the day Mulvey’s Division began marching with Gen. Patton toward Bastogne, France.

Mulvey, a Harmony resident, was one of 600,000 Americans to take part in the Battle of the Bulge, which lasted from Dec. 16, 1944, to Jan. 25, 1945. He talked about the battle, and what it was like to be drafted during the war.

Kindergarten registration starts

JACKSON TWP — The Seneca Valley School District will begin registering children for kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year in March.

Seneca Valley’s kindergarten registration process involves activities for parents and their children with a goal of becoming acquainted with a child’s strengths to better meet his/her educational needs. The children will meet with school professionals who will administer a part of the screening process (D.I.A.L.). The three stations consist of developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities that reflect the early literacy skills necessary for student success in kindergarten. Parents will be provided feedback on their child’s strengths or areas of concern by phone or mail as soon as possible after registration.

Parents will be able to observe their child’s movement through the screening. A school representative will be available to answer questions about early literacy skills or the screening process. Parents also can meet with the school nurse and building secretary to review their child’s health history and registration forms. An informational video will be available for parent viewing during the visit.

Classroom visitation, parent information and a visit on a school bus may be included in an evening activity that will take place before the beginning of school.

Parents who plan to register their child can contact the elementary school serving their area at the number slisted below. Please keep in mind, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2013, to register for kindergarten.

Registration locations, dates and contact numbers are as follows:

• Haine Elementary, March 4 to 7, 724-776-1581

• Rowan Elementary, March 12 to 14, 724-776-1518

• Evans City Elementary, March 18 to 20, 724-538-3680

Connoquenessing Valley Elementary, March 25 to 26, 724-452-8280

Documents that are required to be presented on the day of registration include:

• Two documents as proof of residency (driver’s license, utility bill, voter registration card, rental agreement)

• Child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate showing date of birth, or other duly certified transcript of birth record

• Immunization records to date

The Pennsylvania State Health Law requires each child entering school for the first time to have the following immunizations before school begins:

• Diphtheria and tetanus: 4 doses with one dose being administered on or after the child’s fourth birthday

• Polio: 3 or more properly spaced doses of polio vaccine (IPV or OPV)

• Measles: 2 doses

• Mumps: 2 doses

• Rubella: 1 dose

• Hepatitis B: 3 doses

• Varicella (Chicken Pox Vaccine): 2 doses

If a child is not adequately immunized, parents should consult his or her health care provider. The following physician’s office is authorized to offer free immunizations to children who do not have health insurance: Butler County State Health Center, 724-287-1769. Clinics are on the third Thursday of every month and an appointment is required.

For additional information, contact the elementary school serving your area.