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SALTSBURG: Class takes part in Read Across America activities

by TERESA SHIELDS, BURK O’DAY and CARRIE MUIR, Gazette Student News Reporters on March 14, 2014 11:00 AM

SALTSBURG — A few newsworthy events happened at Saltsburg Middle/ High School during the first weeks of March. The competitive majorette season is under way and students participated in Read Across America as well as spring athletics.

PSSA Math and Reading tests are also to be administered at the end of March.

On March 4, family and consumer science teacher Mary Ann Lind took her 18 early childhood students to six elementary school classes for Read Across America.

[PHOTO: Saltsburg High School students visited the elementary school on March 4 in celebration of Read Across America Day. Pictured, from left, are Mikayla Walters, Noah Bedick, Noah Shick, Amya Barrett and Josh Butz. (Submitted photo/Saltsburg High School)]

Although the National Read Across America Day was March 2, the high school students still celebrated by reading and doing crafts with the elementary children.

The high school students interacted and used their early childhood class abilities as they read Dr. Seuss books to the children.

Each session with the children lasted one class period, 42 minutes. Students made the lesson plan three days prior.

Afterwards, the high school students downloaded the iBook application via iPad to compare the electronic books to the printed ones, then they evaluated the pros and cons. The project was graded for participation/ effort.

Lind said, “It’s an excellent way for our students to gain experience while providing community service.”


Saltsburg High School’s competitive majorettes started off their 2014 season with Tournament of Bands evaluations on Jan. 18 at Baldwin High School, where they placed third.

Their adviser, Kara Petro, and squad members selected this year’s theme, “The Hunger Games.”

Throughout their season they will take part in a total of 11 competitions.

[PHOTO: The Saltsburg competitive majorettes, kneeling, from left, are Molly Zona, Sarah Kayda and Holly Long; and standing, Carrie Muir and Krystin Petro.  (Submitted photo/Saltsburg High School)]

They are hoping to end their season by attending the Atlantic Coast TOB Competition in Wildwood, N.J., in early May.

The squad members are senior Sarah Kayda, junior Krystin Petro, sophomores Carrie Muir and Molly Zona and eighth-grader Holly Long. The girls would like to thank all of the local sponsors who have helped support them. They also want to thank Petro and their parents for making their season possible.

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Also, track, baseball, junior high volleyball and softball started Monday and will carry through until May. This year the track coaches are Marty Kessler, Mark Freeman, Melissa Milanak and Brandy DelleDonne.

Angie Evanichko and Stephanie Simpson are coaching junior high volleyball. The baseball coaches are Glenn Richards, Mark Palmer and Jack Yard.

Saltsburg softball players travel to Blairsville to play on the combined softball team. This year’s softball coaches are Frank and Jack Harsh. Good luck to all teams.

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Saltsburg elementary school and middle school will be administering the PSSA Math and Reading Test during the week of March 24.

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