January 23, 2013

Students perform with orchestra

ADAMS TWP — Seven members of Mars High School Band were selected by solo audition to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Orchestra Festival, held Jan. 10 to 12 at McDowell Intermediate High School in Erie.

Students are seniors Chris Blahnik (cello), Johnny Kwon (violin) and Taylor Spurlock (violin); and juniors Michaela Valenta (cello), Shyniah Watson (string bass), Emily Porter (violin) and Brittany Gaunt (flute).

Matthew Kraemer, music director and conductor of Butler County Symphony Orchestra and Erie Chamber Orchestra and associate conductor of Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, served as guest conductor.

The festival featured “Marche Slav” by Tchaikovsky, “Academic Festival Overture” by Brahms and selections from West Side Story.

Zoomobile to visit Centennial School

ADAMS TWP — Mars Centennial School will welcome The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Zoomobile from 12:50 to 1:45 p.m. and from 2 to 2:55 p.m. Tuesday.

The program, “Rain Forest Rhythms,” will discuss the animals that live in each layer of the tropical rain forest and how they have adapted to survive.

The Nutrition Group, Mars School District’s food service provider, is sponsoring the program.

For more information, contact Todd Lape, principal, at 724-625-2601.

Parent/principal meeting planned

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School will offer a Parent/Principal Communication Connection Meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the library.

All parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 724-625-1581.

School sets science fair meetings

ADAMS TWP — Mars Elementary School will hold an Information Meeting for Parents on the school’s annual introductory, non-competitive Science Fair at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. on Thursday at Mars Middle School LGI Room.

The meeting will offer information on selecting a science fair topic, what makes an outstanding project and the scientific method. The 2013 Science Fair will be held from 6 to 8:15 p.m. on March 19, at Mars High School.

Entry forms must be completed and returned to the school by no later Monday. The form is available on the “Mars Elementary School” page at

For more information, call 724-625-3161.

School board sets special meeting

ADAMS TWP — Mars School Board will hold a special meeting for financing purposes at 9 a.m. Thursday in the boardroom at Mars School District’s Administration Office, 545 Route 228.

All meetings are open to the public. For more information, call 724-625-1518.

8th grade parent meeting planned

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School will offer an information meeting for parents of incoming freshmen (current eighth graders) at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the auditorium.

High school guidance counselors and administrators will explain the various courses that will be available to students in the 2013-14 school year as well as the course selection process.

For more information, contact Colleen Tosadori, guidance counselor, at 724-625-1581, Ext. 3314.

Holocaust survivors to visit Mars school

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School will welcome Holocaust survivors Hans and Diana Lesheim as part of a special assembly at 1 p.m. on Friday.

The program will supplement what eighth graders have been learning in their language arts classes at the school. The students are reading “The Diary of Anne Frank;” studying the experiences of those who survived the Holocaust; and conducting research through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website.

Holocaust Survivor Research Projects assembled by eighth graders in Kim Morris’ language arts class will be on display through Jan. 31 at Mars Public Library. The display will be open to the public during library hours and several students will present their projects at 7 p.m. Monday.

For more information, contact Kim Morris at 724-625-3145.

Mars resident named to President’s List

MANSFIELD, Pa. — Sarah Renfrew of Mars has been named to the fall 2012 President’s List at Mansfield University.

To be named to the President’s List, a student must be attending the university full-time and attain at least a 4.0 QPA for the semester.

Mars approves 2013-14 calendar

ADAMS TWP — Mars School Board approved the district’s 2013-14 school calendar, which sets the first day of school on Aug. 26.

The 2013-14 calendar sets Thanksgiving break from Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. Winter break will be Dec. 24 through Jan. 1, and in in-service day will be held on Dec. 23.

Spring break will be held April 18 to 21, 2014, with an Act 80 Day on April 17, 2014. The last day of school will be June 5, 2014,with zero snow days. (Snow days will be made up on May 29 and 30, 2014, and June 2, 3 and 4, 2014).

The calendar also includes five pre-scheduled two-hour delays on Sept. 3; Oct. 10; Nov. 1; Feb. 10, 2014; and April 22, 2014. The time will be used for staff development and will not affect the length of the school year.

To view the 2013-14 school calendar, visit