May 8, 2013

'Battle of the Books' set at Mars school

ADAMS TWP — Fifth-graders in Katelyn Derringer and Bill Sepich's classes at Mars Centennial School will test their knowledge of various fantasy novels as part of a “Battle of the Books” reading competition on Thursday.

As part of the competition, teams of students will answer a series of questions about the several books including “Tale of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo, “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson, “The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis, “The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau, “Witch & Wizard” by James Patterson, “Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark” by Ridley Pearson, and “Gregor the Overlander” by Suzanne Collins.

For more information, call 724-625-2601.

Teacher's work included in art show

ADAMS TWP — A work by Mars High School art teacher Erin Sloane was selected for the “Significant & Sublime: The Critical Role of Art Teachers in Public Education” art exhibit at Panza Gallery in Millvale, Pa.

Sloane's oil on canvas, “The First Year,” will be included among multiple works by area public school teachers. The show will highlight the vital role that the arts and education plays in the Pittsburgh region and Pennsylvania.

An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Panza Gallery. The exhibit will remain on display through June 11.

For more information, contact Sloane at 724-625-1581 or visit

Mars senior prom, prom walk set

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School will hold its 2013 Senior Prom at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at The Omni William Penn in Pittsburgh.

This year's prom theme is “Masquerade.”

The event will begin with a prom walk at 6 p.m. at Mars High School auditorium. Parking for parents and other visitors who plan to attend the prom walk will be available at Mars Middle School and Mars Primary Center, where shuttle buses to and from the high school will be provided.

Parking at the high school will be reserved for students attending the prom. Parking passes are required.

At 7:30 p.m., all promgoers will board buses to the Omni William Penn, where activities will include dinner, dancing, casino-style games, a photo booth, hypnotist, an auction and a continental breakfast at 2:30 a.m.

Students are expected to return to the high school at about 5 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact Diane Iman or Eileen Hanks, event coordinators, at 724-625-1581.