SALTSBURG: Students celebrate 'Day of the Dead'
November 22, 2013 11:00 AM
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SALTSBURG — A few of the things happening throughout November at Saltsburg Middle/High School are projects, concerts, assemblies and even trips. There is also a new foreign exchange student.

There were two projects that took place at Saltsburg. The Spanish III students in Sharon Highberger’s class created “ofrendas” in order to celebrate the Mexican holiday “The Day of the Dead.” These include favorite items and photos of famous Hispanics who have died. Students conducted research and then created items to place in the ofrendas.

[PHOTO: Students in Sharon Highberger’s Spanish class at Saltsburg recently celebrated “The Day of the Dead.” In the front row, from left, are Isabella Barone and Larissa Anderson; and second row, Samantha Cicio, Christian Downey and Sarah Hefferin. (Submitted photoS/Saltsburg Middle/High School photo). Also, John Dice, left, and Noah Schick, students in Mary Ann Lind’s early childhood class, recently read to Saltsburg Elementary School students. (Submitted photo)]

Another project that has taken place in the school was a project done by all of the students in Mary Ann Lind’s early childhood class. In this project, students went to the elementary school to read to the kindergarten and first-grade classes. Along with reading they planned and helped with various types of crafts.

The band and chorus will be performing their pieces they have been working on during their Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium. Both the middle and high school bands will be performing three songs each and two combined songs.

The middle and high school chorus will also be singing three songs each and one combined song. Saltsburg Elementary School’s band and chorus concert will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 in the high school auditorium.

There was a Veterans Day assembly at the Saltsburg Elementary School. Prior to the assembly, several local veterans and senior citizens from the Saltsburg Senior Center enjoyed lunch with the fifth-graders.

Following lunch, the Veterans Day program consisted of a performance by the fourth- and fifth-grade chorus and fifth-grade band.

At the conclusion of the program, winning essay writers read their pieces honoring the veterans.

The following students were winning essay writers: Blair Hutchison, grade 6; Troy Montgomery, grade 7; Isabel Satler, grade 8; Andrew Golik, grade 9; Zac Zajdel, grade 10; Abby Peace, grade 11; and Jayde Resnick, grade 12.

The ninth-grade biology class, taught by Linsey Palazzi, traveled to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for a cruise down the river to study different algae and plants that can be found there.

The River Quest field trip allowed the students to look at different species of fish and characteristics unique to them.

Throughout the month of November, faculty and students have clearly kept busy; however there will be a nice, easy ending to the month for everyone while we are on Thanksgiving break from Nov. 27 to Dec. 2.

As we are wrapping up the 2013 year, we would like to welcome an important person who has recently joined our school.

Florence von den Bruck is a foreign exchange student from Germany. Von den Bruck stated that she has always wanted to study abroad and visit America.

“I was overwhelmed by the nature, even though my area in Germany is quite green. I enjoy driving around here, looking,” she said.

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