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Education department cancels PSSA, Keystones, PASA exams

Friday, March 27, 2020 by DEBRA PALMIERI in School

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced on March 19 the cancellation of all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-2020 school year as a result of COVID-19.

This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment.

“Our school communities are operating within unprecedented conditions,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “Schools are making extraordinary efforts to remain connected to students and families, to provide food service and to put appropriate systems in place to continue student learning.

Education foundation announces alumni wall of honor inductees

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in School

Parkland’s education foundation has announced the Distinguished Alumni Wall of Honor Inductees for 2020.

The Wall of Honor, located inside the main entrance of the high school was established nine years ago.

Wall plaques highlight inductee achievements and include a current photo as well as the inductee’s senior picture.

Individuals on the wall serve as an inspiration to all students to achieve excellence and remind the entire community of Parkland’s commitment to a quality educational program.

Orefield student participates in robotics competition

Friday, March 13, 2020 by DOUGLAS GRAVES in School

Fifty teams of robotics enthusiasts recently filled the Emmaus High School cafeteria.

All were intent on seeing their robot creation in the winner’s circle.

Emmaus High School’s Steel Hornets Robotics team hosted the First (the name of the organizing nonprofit is First) Tech Challenge State Qualifier Robotics Competition.

Led by EHS chemistry and robotics instructor John Bradley, Connor Mack, Rachel Tobey, Gabriel Black, Laura Klopchin and Ian Zakos and many other Emmaus High School students provided the support staff for the competition.

PARKLAND lunch menus

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in School

Friday, March 13: No school. Teacher in-service.

Monday, March 16: Elem.: Mini corn dogs, chicken patty on a roll, mashed potatoes with gravy, pizzeria-style pizza. M.S., H.S.: Mini corn dogs, regular or spicy chicken patty on a roll, pizzeria style pizza, mashed potatoes with gravy.

Tuesday, March 17: Elem.: Shamrock-shaped chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, spaghetti sauce, personal pizza, soft pretzel rod, steamed broccoli. M.S., H.S.: Trojan chicken bowl with gravy, mozzarella sticks, spaghetti sauce, personal pizza.

Springhouse students’ bright ideas help them win poster contest

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in School

Two Springhouse Middle School students recently brought home honors in the Bright Ideas Energy Efficiency Poster Contest run by PPL Electric Utilities and the National Energy Foundation.

Caitlin Cashatt won the grand prize in the grade 6-8 division

She received a $100 Amazon gift card and a pizza or ice cream party valued at $100.

Her teacher, Josh Abrams, received a $100 classroom grant.

Rishita Pulgam won honorable mention in the same category.

She received a $25 Amazon gift card and a $100 pizza or ice cream party for her class.

Teacher named 2020 state STEM Ambassador

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in School

Sean Flueso, physics teacher and science department chairman of Parkland High School, has been accepted as one of 28 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador program.

The program aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.