January 30, 2013

Students to perform with District Band

ADAMS TWP — Five members of Mars High School Band were selected by solo audition to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 5 Band Festival, held last week at Butler Intermediate High School.

The students are seniors Marissa Lyerly (first part clarinet) and Rose Klein (second part clarinet), junior Derek Prijatelj (first part trumpet); and sophomores Angelica Miller (third part clarinet) and Ben Luce (tuba). Vincent Danner of Baldwin-Wallace University Conservatory of Music served as guest conductor.

For more information, contact Tammi Redmond, Mars High School band director, at 724-625-1581 or visit

Students place in knowledge contest

ADAMS TWP — Students at Mars Centennial School placed eighth among 19 Pennsylvania schools participating in the national “Knowledge Master Open” academic competition on Jan. 23.

The team also placed 39th out of 210 participating schools from across the United States and around the globe. As part of the program, members of the team, comprised of fifth and sixth graders, are asked to answer 100 questions on varying topics from current events to the fine arts.

Team members will participate in a second Knowledge Master Open on March 20. For more information, contact April Whorf, gifted support teacher, at 724-625-2601.

Mars schedules 2-hour delays

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District’s 2012-13 school calendar includes five pre-scheduled two-hour delays. Remaining delays will be on the following dates:

• Monday

• March 20

• April 18.

During the delays, Mars administrators, teachers and staff members will be reviewing and analyzing student achievement data at the district, building and department levels, says Matthew Friedman, assistant superintendent. The district will be utilizing student data to guide instruction that ensures consistency between schools and continuity from year to year.

The district’s data team will report the findings of the analysis as the information becomes available. For more information, call 724-625-1518, Ext. 1504.

Teachers to present at STEM conference

ADAMS TWP — A team of Mars High School science teachers will present at the 2013 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Conference on Feb. 18, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

Teachers Janet Adams, Nicole Avon and Rebecca Winek will present “Incorporating Inquiry into the STEM Flipped Classroom.” The session will discuss how Mars High School approaches STEM education through its “flipped” physics and chemistry classes and engages students in meaningful STEM experiences.

“The hallmark of the ‘flipped classroom’ is that the students are at the center of the learning process,” says Adams. The “Flipped Classroom” Model inverts traditional teaching methods, delivering instruction online outside of class and moving homework into the classroom.

At Mars High School, instructional videos are posted to each teacher’s class page on the district’s website ( and students are asked to watch the video and take notes at home at their own pace.

In class, the students receive hands-on experience in applications, problem-solving and lab procedures and assessments. By completing labs and other activities in class, the students have the benefit of a teacher’s guidance and students can learn and share knowledge with their peers.

At the conference, the teachers will present during two breakout sessions from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. and 1:25 to 2:25 p.m. Registration for the conference is free through Friday, Feb. 8, at

For more information, contact Adams at 724-625-1581.