Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Administrators laid out an approximate timetable.
The Upper St. Clair School District hopes to replace the high school track in the summer of 2014. There was hope to possibly get a new track this summer, but the district ran out of time to get the project started, according to Superintendent Patrick O'Toole. Business Director Frosina Cordisco said bids will begin this year. O'Toole said the best prices may come in the winter. Some capital projects that are expected to be completed this year include a chiller replacement at the high school, the upgrading of the electrical distribution system at the high school, bleacher repairs and a new PA system at the high school stadium, handicap access bridge redecking at the high school, a water line replacement at Boyce Middle School and 100 new …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The new principal was once Mrs. Brown's intern.
The Upper St. Clair School Board unanimously approved Monday the hiring of Amy Pfender as the new Boyce Middle School principal with the salary of $89,000 a year. Pfender is currently the assistant principal at Boyce and Fort Couch middle schools. She started with the district as an intern for principal Karen Brown and was hired in August 2005 as a special education teacher at Boyce. She assumed the position of elementary special education department chairperson in 2009 and special education curriculum leader in 2010. Pfender holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor’s degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her administrative principal certification, she also holds certifications in …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Karen Brown worked her way through the Upper St. Clair school system in a distinguished career that began as a fifth grade teacher and is ending with numerous accomplishments as Boyce Middle School’s principal.
Boyce Middle School Principal Karen Brown might be retiring in a few weeks after a distinguished 38-year career, but she doesn’t expect to have much down time. She’s planning her daughter’s wedding, getting her son ready to move to Chicago for grad school and preparing for a trip to Italy in September. Of course, she also plans to play a little golf in her free time. “A lot of things will keep me busy for a while,” Brown said about her retirement at the end of this school year. Brown worked her way through the Upper St. Clair school system in a lengthy career that began as a fifth grade teacher and is ending with numerous accomplishments as Boyce Middle School’s principal. Brown began working for USC in 1973 at Eisenhower Elementary, where…
Monday, March 25, 2013
A charity basketball tournament brought in $1,500 to help a student with her campaign to raise money for MDA.
Boyce Middle School students raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association in Pittsburgh during their annual “March Madness” basketball fundraiser. The charity tournament brought in $1,500 to help student Rachel Tudi with her campaign to raise money for MDA. Matthew Dudley, a teacher who works with Rachel, said the school has rallied around her since she had hip surgery in January. The donations from the tournament will be funneled to her “Rachel’s Rockstars” team with the Pittsburgh area MDA. “We’re trying to support her any way we can,” Dudley said. The sixth grade students defeated the Boyce staff 31-30, Dudley said. “All around great day for the students and staff of Boyce Middle School,” he said. The school also raised $1,000 …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
There are four musicals planned this spring.
The Upper St. Clair School District is seeking donations from businesses or individuals for a $14,000 wireless microphone system to enhance the sound quality of the Upper St. Clair High School, Fort Couch Middle School and Boyce Middle School musical productions. Organizers are seeking show underwriters to donate $1,000 or more for each musical production or a single diamond sponsor to donate $5,000 for all of the spring musicals. Every underwriter and the sponsor will receive advertising in some of the musical programs, a large display outside the Upper St. Clair High School Theater and/or Boyce Middle School Theater, permanent recognition on a plaque mounted in the Arts Lobby of the high school and a very personal congratulatory …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Middle school teachers and students are planning an event for March.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
What you missed during this week's school board meeting.
Boyce Middle School Principal Karen Brown has announced her plans to retire at the end of the school year. Brown's last day will be June 28. She has been with Upper St. Clair School District for 38 years. The district will begin its search for Brown's replacement in February. Superintendent Patrick O'Toole anticipates having Brown's replacement ready to go by June 28. New Spanish Teacher O'Toole is requesting school directors approve the hiring of a new Spanish teacher for the second semester at Upper St. Clair High School. School directors will vote at their next meeting on Jan. 28. Non-Represented Staff Pay Increase O'Toole is also recommending school directors approve a pay increase for 25 staff members who are not part of a union. He's…
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Students will be dismissed early on open house days.
The annual open house events for elementary, middle and high schools in Upper St. Clair begin tomorrow. Baker, Eisenhower, and Streams elementary schools will welcome parents on Thursday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. Elementary students will have an early release from school on that day at 12:45 p.m. Recently-renovated Boyce Middle School will host its annual open house on Thursday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 9 p.m. On the same night, a Boyce Instrumental Parents “Informance” orientation meeting will be offered at 6:15 p.m. in the Boyce band room to share information about the band and string programs. Early dismissal for Boyce students on Sept. 20 will be at 1:15 p.m. Open house for the recently renovated Fort Couch Middle School will occur on …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Longtime Upper St. Clair School District teachers were honored at the recent school board meeting.
Fourteen retiring Upper St. Clair School District teachers were recognized during May's school board meeting. "You are the core of what makes us a great school district and for creating the culture of excellence," said Superintendent Patrick O'Toole. "I can't believe they are going and how much they'll be missed," said Judy Bulazo, Upper St. Clair administrator. "It didn't hit me until I saw them all sitting in here together." Not Pictured: Flip through the photo gallery above to see the retiring teachers, and be sure to share your favorite memories in the comments below! Editor's Note: Click here to see what positions will likely not be filled in the 2012-13 school year. Stay in the loop and get all the Upper St. Clair headlines …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The school picnic is on Monday, June 18.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
It's almost that time again! Tickets for this summer's Upper St. Clair Kennywood picnic go on sale at Upper St. Clair schools on Friday, May 11. The picnic itself is on Monday, June 18. Those interested in buying tickets must go to the schools at the appropriate time listed below with $23 per ticket (cash or money order ONLY): In addition, the school district will be offering Kennywood bus tickets with transportation TO Kennywood ONLY at the cost of $5 each. Please note that return transportation from Kennywood will NOT be provided. The bus will leave Eisenhower Elementary School on Kennywood Day at 11 a.m. Bus tickets can be purchased at each of the schools beginning on Friday, May 11, and will continue to be available for purchase …