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SALTSBURG: Students learning ways to combat bullying

by By KATIE CORRIDONI and NOAH ZIMMERMAN, Gazette Student News Reorters on November 01, 2013 10:50 AM

SALTSBURG — Many notable events have taken place at Saltsburg Middle High School to close the month of October, drawing an end to the first marking period.

An informative presentation on cyberbullying, an assembly hosted by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Hoop Troop and Red Ribbon Week wrapped up October at Saltsburg.

In November, the student council will be hosting a blood drive and the junior and senior girls will face off in powderpuff football. Finally, parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Nov. 7 and 8.

Richard Shaheen, a senior supervisory special agent from the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, spoke to students in grades six through 12 to better inform them about cyberbullying. Living in a technologically advanced era, Shaheen voiced that bullying can commonly appear behind a computer screen or on a cellphone.

Shaheen stressed the harmful effects of cyberbullying, cautioning students to be respectful and responsible when using technology to interact with others. He also informed the students about what to do if they find themselves the victim of cyberbullying — reach out to a trusted adult.

Saltsburg elementary students attended an IUP Hoop Troop Assembly. During this assembly grades K-5 were taught the meaning of gratitude and to always maintain a positive attitude. Two current IUP basketball players presented the information and played a hoop shooting game with 10 randomly selected students. Students were given the opportunity to join the Hoop Troop for a small fee of $5. Students joining the troop will receive a T-shirt and entrance to all home IUP basketball games.

Today concluded Red Ribbon Week at Saltsburg. Students showed they live drug-free lives by dressing for this week’s theme, “Life’s a journey, travel drug free.” Melissa Milanak and student council organized a week where students received red ribbons, pencils, stickers and a pen donated by the attorney general’s office. The school was decorated with red ribbons and footprints of students who choose to travel life’s journey drug-free.

Coming in the month of November, student council will be hosting its first blood drive of the year. The blood drive will be held on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the high school gym. All participating donors will receive a free T-shirt. If you would like to schedule a time to donate, please call the school office at (724) 639-3547.

In addition, the powderpuff football game will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Participating girls in the junior and senior classes will face off in a flag football game. Practices will be held on Monday and Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It is also important to note that school will not be in session on Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. High school and elementary parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Nov. 8. If parents would like to schedule a conference for their child, they should contact the high school guidance office at (724) 639-3547 or the elementary school at (724) 639-3556.

PHOTO:  During Red Ribbon Week, from left, Hannah King, Bernie Stadtmiller and Tristen Zimmerman dressed for Wild West Day, showing off their country apparel while “Giving Drugs the Boot.”  (Submitted photo/Saltsburg Middle High School)


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