April 10, 2013

Elementary schools offer book fairs

ADAMS TWP — Two Mars elementary schools will offer upcoming Scholastic Book Fairs:

• Mars Primary Center — Monday through April 19. Family Night is April 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. Call 724-625-1588 for more information.

• Mars Centennial School — April 22-26. Family Night is April 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. Call 724-625-2601 for more information.

Foundation holding logo design contest

ADAMS TWP — Mars Planet Foundation is seeking entries from students in all grades as part of a logo design contest.

The foundation is seeking designs for a new, original logo in line with the organization’s goals and mission. The foundation is “dedicated to enriching, enhancing and supporting Mars School District’s endeavor in providing a challenging educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st Century.”

The design, which must be easily adapted for use of letterhead, websites and clothing, may be submitted to the main office at each Mars school building. Entry deadline is May 1.

For more information, call 724-898-1561 or visit

Middle school to tout abstinence

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School will present “Relating, Dating & Waiting” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 17.

Representatives of the Women’s Choice Network (formerly Pregnancy Care Centers) will present the program geared at seventh- and eighth-graders and their parents. The focus of the program is to help students build strong relationships with their peers and to promote teen abstinence.

Mars Middle School’s Parent Advisory Board and the Safe & Drug Free School Grant Program are sponsoring the program. For more information, contact Richard Cornell, principal, at 724-625-3145.

Winners named in poster contest

ADAMS TWP — Two Mars Elementary School students were named grade winners in the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s 2012-2013 Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest.

Posters created by fourth-grader Ella Martin and second-grader Armando Vargo were selected from more than 600 entries in this year’s contest, which challenged students to create a poster with a message that discourages underage drinking.

All winners will be recognized at a ceremony at 1:30 p.m. April 17 at the State Capitol Rotunda in Harrisburg. The winning posters will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda from Monday through April 19.

For more information, call 717-772-1432.

Project to culminate in ‘Family Reunion’

ADAMS TWP — Students in Gabrielle Hock and Kristan Kriley’s English 9 classes at Mars High School will welcome family members and other guests on Thursday at the culmination of a writing project on memories.

As part of a project, students read the novel, “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, which incorporates “memory” as a significant theme. On that same theme, students were asked to interview a family member or other acquaintance; to write a two-page paper about a specific memory that is significant to their subject; and to bring in an artifact that represents the memory.

The students are inviting the subjects of the papers for a “Family Reunion” during varying time periods throughout the day on Thursday. The students and their guests will share their memories and artifacts with the class.

“This is a way to showcase the students’ work and also to give them the opportunity to express their knowledge of memory and its importance and application in the real world,” says Hock. “Memories also involve historical events that end up being cross-curricular. Students can connect with concepts that they have learned about in their social studies classes.”

For more information, contact Gabrielle Hock, English/journalism teacher, at 724-625-1581.

Pre-K assessments offered at Mars

ADAMS TWP — Mars Primary Center will offer Pre-Kindergarten Assessments for the 2013-2014 school year on Thursday and Friday.

Students will be assessed on fundamental skills such as letter and number identification, writing, etc. The event will inform parents and teachers of a student’s readiness to attend kindergarten.

The program is open to students who are registered for the 2013-2014 Kindergarten Program at Mars Primary Center and their parents. Kindergarten is open to children who will be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1.

Registration packets are available at the school’s main office between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed packets may be turned in during the event.

For more information, call 724-625-1588.