April 15, 2013

Third-graders help wildlife conservation

ADAMS TWP — Third-graders in Mark McMonigal and Justin Hartzell's classes at Mars Elementary School will learn how to make bluebird boxes, as part of a Pennsylvania Game Commission presentation at 1:50 p.m. Thursday.

The wildlife conservation program will teach the students about the importance of protecting bluebird populations and will help the students build their own bluebird boxes.

For more information, call 724-625-3161.

Talent show winners named at Mars

ADAMS TWP — Mars Middle School named the winners of the school's “Twisted Tale” Talent Show, held April 5 at Mars High School.

Seventh-grader Abby Stewart received the People's Choice Award and the Most Original Performance Award for her rendition of “Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera. Seventh-grader Sean Mullen earned the Most Entertaining Performance Award for his version of “Some Nights” by F.U.N.

Eighth-grader Katie Olsen earned the Best Solo Performance Award for “On My Own” from Les Miserables. Eighth-graders Ginger Best and Sabrina Shick received the Best Group Performance Award for their rendition of Above All That is Random 6, “One Big Family.”

Other talent show participants were eighth-grader Kelly Shaw and seventh-graders Sean Connolly, Deepayan Patra, Lindy Lee, Hannah Lyerly and Olivia Smith. Olsen and seventh-grader Braeden Rawa served as emcees.

Eighth-graders Lydia Campbell, Sydney Elder, Mitchel Skiles, Cecilia Smelko, Shaw and Shick along with seventh-graders Tomas Anderson, Sofia Avery, Jesse Caringola, Celene Kollinger, Hannah Leipner, Kaitlynn Mellor, Maggie Olshenske and Megan Romanski also presented the skit, “Once Upon a High School.”

For more information, call 724-625-3145.

Mars grad helps present research

NEW WILMINGTON — A Mars High School graduate recently collaborated on a research presentation at the U.S. EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Research Technical Workshop on Analytical Chemical Methods in Raleigh, N.C., in February.

Junior Westminster College chemistry major Danielle Murtagh, daughter of Timothy and Lori Murtagh, worked with Helen Boylan, Westminster associate professor of chemistry, to present “Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) for Rapid Monitoring of Metals in Produced Water and its Precipitates.”

School to hold open house events

ADAMS TWP — Mars Area's elementary schools will offer various open house events in coming weeks:

• Mars Primary Center — 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, 724-625-1588

• Mars Elementary School — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 25, 724-625-3161

• Mars Centennial School — 6 to 8 p.m. May 1, 724-625-2601.

For more information, contact the individual school building.

NHS induction set Thursday at Mars

ADAMS TWP — Numerous students at Mars High School will be inducted into the National Honor Society at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the auditorium.

Throughout the school year, National Honor Society members participate in a variety of service-related projects.

For more information, contact Charlesa Fassinger, National Honor Society adviser, at 724-625-1581.

Scheduled 2-hour delay planned

ADAMS TWP — Mars School District will hold the last of its 2012-13 pre-scheduled two-hour delays on Thursday.

The days will include structured time to review student achievement data with teachers and staff members and to set a course for enhanced student learning, said Matthew Friedman, assistant superintendent. Mars School District is working to improve student achievement through data analysis and continued professional development, he said.

For more information, contact Friedman at 724-625-1518.

School to hold annual diaper drive

ADAMS TWP — Mars Primary Center will hold its fifth annual “Stuff the Bus” Diaper Drive, Monday through Friday to benefit The Lighthouse Foundation in Middlesex Township.

The school is accepting donation of diapers, which will be “stuffed” into a school bus provided by A.J. Myers & Sons bus company and transported to The Lighthouse on April 26.

Donations can be dropped off at the school's main office during school hours. The fundraiser is being held in honor of the “National Week of the Young Child.”

For more information, contact Elizabeth McMahon, principal, at 724-625-1588.