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Keystone Oaks High School educator recognized as NMSI Teacher of the Month
NMSI BreakfastKeystone Oaks High School Math & Computer Science Teacher Kevin Gallagher has been selected as the National Math & Science Initiative (NMSI) Teacher of the Month for October. He was recognized at the AP Exam Registration Kick-Off Breakfast on Oct. 11. 

“Our Teacher of the Month initiative is intended to recognize and celebrate partner teachers who are engaging and inspiring their students in exceptional ways and working to spread the joys of learning beyond their classroom,” NMSI CEO Dr. Bernard Harris said in a release.

Mr. Gallagher serves as the site coordinator for the District’s participation in The National Math & Science Initiative, a three-year program that strives to advance STEM teaching and learning by increasing the number of students taking and earning qualifying scores on AP math, science, computer science, and English exams. 

Now in the final year of the NMSI program, Keystone Oaks has more than doubled the number of students taking AP English, Math and Science exams and has seen a 63 percent increase in the number of exams students are taking. Additionally, the number of students taking computer science courses has quadrupled over the past three school years.

At the end of the 2019-2020 school year, Keystone Oaks estimates that students will have earned more than $500,000 in college credit and more than $40,000 in scholarships by earning qualifying scores on AP exams.

“When you look at the overall impact of Keystone Oaks’ participation in the National Math & Science Initiative, our students have received close to $1 million in tangible and intangible benefits, “ Mr. Gallagher said. “There is no doubt that our students are better prepared for post-secondary success because of their participation in rigorous Advanced Placement courses.”

To learn more about the benefits of the National Math & Science Initiative program at Keystone Oaks, please visit our website.
Keystone Oaks launches online school store
KO Spiritwear StoreMembers of the Keystone Oaks community can now purchase Keystone Oaks clothing, drinkware, and other items through a new online school store. The online store will be open until November 1, 2019. Items purchased will be delivered to the buildings in early December.

There are more than 50 products to choose from, including t-shirts, sweatshirts, ¼ zip fleece pullovers, fleece jackets, polo shirts, and more. There are six different Keystone Oaks logos to choose from and items are available in a variety of youth, ladies, and men’s sizes.

Click here to shop the purchase your Keystone Oaks spiritwear today!

The school store website is maintained by Shields Embroidery and allows shoppers to make purchases via credit card through their secure website. A portion of all sales will benefit the Keystone Oaks Foundation for Educational Excellence, the District’s new educational foundation that will use the proceeds to enhance the educational experiences of Keystone Oaks students by supporting excellence and innovation.
Celebrate Homecoming with special events beginning Oct. 20
2019 HomecomingKeystone Oaks will celebrate Homecoming October 20 through October 26. Homecoming festivities will include a bonfire/pep rally, spirit week, parade, recognition of Homecoming court, crowning of the Homecoming King & Queen, and the Homecoming dance.

Homecoming festivities will begin with a Bonfire/Pep Rally at 7 p.m. on Sunday, October 20 in Green Tree Park, behind Fred L. Aiken Elementary School. The Green Tree Borough Volunteer Fire Department will light the bonfire, which will be highlighted by a DJ, games, and food and drinks for sale. Everyone is encouraged to attend this free community event.

Spirit Week will be held October 21 through October 25 with the following dress up days:
  • Monday-KOw! Superhero Costume!
  • Tuesday-Twinning Tuesday
  • Wednesday-Not Mean Girls! On Wednesday We Wear Pink! We Support Breast Cancer Awareness and Research!
  • Thursday- Tacky Tourists
  • Friday- KO Krazy Gold & White Day

 The annual Homecoming Parade from Dormont Elementary to Dormont Memorial Stadium will take place on Friday, October 25 prior to the Golden Eagles game versus Waynesburg High School. The parade will commence from Dormont Elementary School beginning at 5:45 p.m. Members of the 2019 Homecoming Court will be introduced before the game and the coronation ceremony will take place at half-time. The Homecoming Dance will be held at Keystone Oaks High School Gymnasium on October 26 from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

 Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities

Activities Calendar ImageMonday, October 14
Keystone Oaks CLOSED

Wednesday, October 16
PSAT administered to all sophomores and juniors; two-hour delay for freshmen and seniors

Friday, October 18
Gold & White Day

Sunday, October 20
Homecoming Week Kick-Off & Bonfire
7 p.m. |  Green Tree Park
All District families are invited

Monday, October 21
Myrtle PFO Meeting
7 p.m.  |  Large Cafeteria

Tuesday, October 22
FAFSA Completion Workshop
6 p.m.  |  High School Library

Board of School Directors Business/Legislative Meeting
7 p.m.  |  Board Room

Thursday, October 24
Middle School Fall Play "Stuart Little"
7 p.m. |  Michael A. Callara Auditorium

Friday, October 25
Gold & White Day

Homecoming Parade
5:45 p.m.  |  Leaves from Dormont Elementary School

Saturday, October 26
Middle School Fall Play "Stuart Little"
1 p.m.  |  Michael A. Callara Auditorium

Food Service Department seeking Wellness Committee members

Wellness CommitteeThe Keystone Oaks School District is seeking members of the community interested in serving on the District's Wellness Committee.

Having an active School Wellness Committee is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the National School Lunch Program. Some of their recommendations for school Wellness Committees include:

  • Support the school and promote parent, community and professional involvement in developing a healthier school environment
  • Advocate for school health programs and policies within the broader school community
  • Assist the school in addressing nutrition education and promotion activities
  • Promote the use of foods and beverages that meet the USDA Smart Snacks in school nutrition standards during school events
  • Participate in the development, implementation, review and update of the district’s wellness policy
If you are interested in serving on the Wellness Committee, please send an email to Kevin Lloyd ( and Trista Boyes ( 

From the Desk of Aiken Elementary School Principal Mr. Thomas
Dear Aiken Elementary Families,

Aiken Fire PreventionWednesday of this week was Fire Prevention Day at Aiken. Firemen from Green Tree Fire Department shared lots of great information with our students as they got to tour an engine and have lots of fun learning about fire safety. Thank you to all the volunteers that made the day so special for our students.

Last week, Aiken students filled the Green Tree (it took 860 Eagle Eggs in 26 days of school) to earn our first school wide SOAR-prize! Next week, on October 18th, the Kona Ice Truck will visit Aiken- thanks to our awesome PFO for supporting our first SOAR-prize of the school year!

Also on Friday October 18th, the PFO will host the Family Halloween Dance in the Aiken Gym from 6:30-8:30 p.m. It is sure to be a great evening for the whole family! We cannot wait to see all your costumes! (Please note, this event was originally on the district calendar for 10/25 but has been moved to 10/18 due to KO Homecoming)

Upcoming Events at Aiken:
10/17 - School Picture Make-up Day
10/23 - Unity Day - Wear Orange
10/31 - JDRF Walk & Halloween Parade 2:30 PM (parents are welcomed to attend)

You can stay up to date with everything happening at Aiken by “liking” the Fred L. Aiken Elementary School Facebook page KOAikenElementary or following me on Twitter at @KOAikenElemMrT. Also, check out our #AikenPBIS Website at to help your student SOAR to new heights.

Mr. Thomas 

From the Desk of Dormont Elementary Principal Mr. Werner

Hello there Super Awesome Dormont Families and Community Members:

Happy Fall y’all! I don’t know about you, but I am loving this wonderful fall weather. Next thing you know, it’s going to 2020. Time isn’t slowing down, that’s for sure. However, don’t fret: though it’s not slowing down, we do have pumpkin spice (insert your favorite drink, pastry, or cookie here) to warm us. 😊

Here at Dormont, our kids are working hard, our teachers are offering amazing learning experiences, and our staff is working to help all of our students be and feel successful. To help keep you better informed, here are a few things that may be of interest.

Dormont Little Free LibraryOn Thursday, Dormont Elementary librarian Sally Burgman and former library aide Maria Petrakis dedicated the Dormont Elementary Little Free Library in memory of Amy Cordes. We are grateful to Mrs. Burgman and Mrs. Petrakis for making this project a reality and to High School technology education teacher Craig Wetzel who oversaw the design and building, and to students Nathan Cavallo and Mark Wetmiller who built the Little Free Library. We are #KOProud to honor Mrs. Cordes’ memory and legacy by providing books to the Dormont community. 

Dormont 200 ClubBLUE TICKETS: To date, our Dormont staffulty have given 613 blue tickets to our kiddos. Our students are recognized for being safe, responsible, respectful, kind, or here. We are on our way to earning our first school-wide incentive. It’s going to be awesome! Pictured here are our latest Principal’s 200 Club winners. A special shout out to Barnes and Nobel for supplies our really, really awesome incentives.

PARENT LUNCHES AND THE BOOK FAIR: Our annual Fall Book Fair will start next week, Tuesday, October 15th. Students will be able to attend the book fair with their parents during their respective parent lunches. They’ll also have an opportunity to visit the book fair in the mornings. Here’s a list of the times and dates for our K-5 grade levels:

October 15:  11:05 – Kindergarten
October 15:  12:25 – First Grade
October 16:  12:25 – Second Grade
October 17:  12:25 – Third Grade
October 18:  12:25 – Fourth Grade
October 21:  12:25 – Fifth Grade

ATTENDANCE REMINDER: A strong relationship exists between good school attendance and academic achievement. The school laws of Pennsylvania state that students must attend school regularly. The attendance procedures are one of the most important aspects of the school’s operation. When possible, parents are asked to schedule doctor appointments and vacations outside of the school day/year to assure that students are present and learning at school each day.

We would like your cooperation in the following areas:

  1. Legal absences include illness, death in family, weather conditions preventing bus arrival, authorized religious holidays, and pre-approved family vacations up to 5 days.
  2. Approval for family trips should be requested at least 2 weeks prior to the date of departure.
  3. Call the school office on the second day of any absence.
  4. Send one of the completed excuse forms (see attachment), a hand-written note, or send an email to Mrs. Wareham ( within three days of your child’s return. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused or illegal absence.
  5. Make every effort to see that your son or daughter is at the bus stop or in school on time. A student is late after 8:20 a.m.
  6. Written requests are required for early dismissals. Students are not permitted to wait outside the office/building for pick-ups. Anyone calling for a student’s early dismissal must meet the child in the school office.
  7.  A maximum of 10 cumulative lawful absences verified by parental notification may be permitted in a school year. All absences beyond 10 days shall require an excuse from a physician or medical provider. 

Coming up at Dormont Elementary:

Monday, October 14
No school for students or staff

Friday, October 18
Gold & White Day

Friday, October 25
Dormont Haunted Trail
6:30 p.m.  |  Dormont Elementary

Saturday, October 26
Dormont Haunted Trail
6:30 p.m. |  Dormont Elementary

From the Desk of Myrtle Elementary Principal Mr. Mizikar
Myrtle Avenue Elementary Families,

Obringer Golden EggThis week, we filled our Eagle's Nest for the first time this year with SOAR eggs and perfect attendance Golden eggs! To date our students have earned 486 Behavior eggs and 130 Perfect Attendance Eggs have been handed out to homerooms. Wow! 

To celebrate, the students and staff were treated to a Hat Day today. Keep up the great work Myrtle students! 

Conklin Golden EggOn Thursday, October 31st we will be celebrating Halloween here at Myrtle Elementary School. Our festivities will begin at 2:00 p.m. with our classroom celebrations. Following the classroom celebrations, around 2:50 the students and staff will parade through the school, and down the street across from the school. Parents and guests are more than welcome to view the outside portion of the parade. After the parade students will be allowed to leave with their parents. The students will return to their homerooms and be dismissed by grade level.

Rosgone Golden EggTo make dismissal go smoothly and safely on the 31st, I am asking you to complete this form and return to your child's homeroom teacher by October 29th.

Thank you! 

Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary

Friday, October 18
Gold & White Day

Monday, October 21
Myrtle PFO Meeting
7 p.m.  |  Large Cafeteria

From the Desk of Middle School Principal Mr. Kattan

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families, 

Yet Bulletin BoardThe students of KOMS are having a great beginning to the month of October. As you enter the building from McNeilly Avenue, Ms. Helper, the Middle School Librarian, has created an excellent bulletin board that I hope all of our students have noticed. It highlights the power in the word “YET." It is so important to recognize how much power there is in that small word - it gives students hope and encouragement to keep trying! 

I didn’t get an A …YET!
I didn’t run the mile in under 5 minutes …YET!
I didn’t study for the test …YET!

We have to teach our children that it is okay to make a mistake or fail at a task, as long as we learn from it and do better next time. We need to recognize the power of YET!

As a way to encourage students to do their best selling for the PFO Joe Corbi fundraiser, we held a pep rally to give out prizes to the students. Congratulations to Mrs. Manko’s homeroom (101) for being the group that sold the most! Individual sellers won prizes to Flight and also had a chance to throw a pie at a teacher. A big thank you to the staff that was willing to be “PIED”.

Our first Mix-It-Up Day will be on October 22. For those that have not experienced a Mix-It-Up Day, we mix up were students sit for lunch and put them with other students. The intent is for everyone to get to know other kids they may never have talked to. Our school counselors and mental health therapist work with students on the No Place for Hate committee to arrange the seating, the activity, and the fun in order to make this an enjoyable experience for everyone. We even ask the food service director to serve nachos (one of the students' favorite lunches).

Save the dates for our production of Stuart Little. Our 6th -8th grade students are working very hard on the production and are anxious for you to see their talent on stage. You can see the play on Thursday, October 24 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, October 26 at 1 p.m. in the Michael A. Callara Auditorium. 

Additional Middle School Announcements & Important Dates:

  • Our After-School Work Centers are now being offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These run from 2:30-4:00 every Tuesday and Thursday and students may utilize the 4:30 p.m. Activity Bus. On Tuesdays, tutoring will take place in Rooms 101 and 210. On Thursdays, tutoring will take place in Rooms 107 and 305.

  • Please do not forget to become a member of our PFO this year. The membership form can be found using the following link:
    You can also stay update to date with news form the PFO by joining their Facebook page. Follow using this link:

    THANK YOU to our PFO for all they do for us at KOMS!

  • Important Dates:
    End of the Nine Weeks - October 30
    Report Cards Issued - November 7

    KOMS Play Production
    October 24 7:00 PM
    October 26 1:00 PM

From the Desk of Acting High School Principal Mr. Linnert

Keystone Oaks High School Families, 

Fall Pep RallyWe kicked off the month of October with an enthusiastic and spirit-filled Pep Rally, organized by the High School Pep Club. We recognized our fall student athletes and members of the KOHS Dance Team & Marching Band, engaged in some friendly competition between classes, and encouraged all students to support our athletic teams at their upcoming events.     

Sept. Students of the MonthDon't forget! On Wednesday, October 16, all 10th & 11th grade students will take the PSAT at Keystone Oaks High School. Students in grades 9 and 12 may report to school at 9:40 a.m., provided that they have their own transportation. Students who arrive at the regular time will report to the cafeteria for study hall.         

Congratulations to our September Students of the Month! These four students exemplify the qualities that make Keystone Oaks High School great! 

9th Grade - Ben Hrivnak
10th Grade - Abby Lyda
11th Grade - Ethan VonHedemann
12th Grade - Rose Hartnett

Conor HadrickyKeystone Oaks High School recently recognized senior Conor Hadricky, who has been named a commended student by the National Merit Scholarship Program. He is one of nearly 34,000 high scorers to receive a Letter of Commendation in recognition of his outstanding academic promise based on his performance on the PSAT exam and plans to attend college after high school. You can read more about Conor on the District's website. Congratulations!

Giulia CancillerieWe are #KOProud of sophomore Giulia Cancelliere, who initiated a positive Post-it Note program at Keystone Oaks High School. She started with two simple positive messages and left Post-it notes and pens in the girls restroom. In just over one week, students contributed more than 60 messages! What a great example of the idea that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. 

Additional KOHS News & Announcements:

Homecoming Dance Information
The permission forms for non-KO students who will be attending the homecoming dance as guests can be picked up in Mrs. Smith’s room 204. This completed form and copy of the guest’s ID must be presented at the time that Homecoming Tickets are purchased. Guests must be 20 or younger, 9th grade or older, and must bring their ID to the dance.

Tickets for the Homecoming Dance will be sold during all lunches from Tuesday, October 15 through Friday, October 18. Tickets are $15 each. The theme for this year's semi-formal dance is "Haunted Homecoming." Costumes are not permitted. 

English, Math, and Science tutoring has started
 at the High School and is available after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:45 until 3:45 p.m. Students who stay for tutoring may utilize the 4:30 Activity Bus. 

Additional Club & Activity announcements are available on the news section of the High School's website.

Information about Peachjar flyers

Peachjar IconKeystone Oaks School District utilizes Peachjar, an electronic flyer delivery system, to send school and school district-approved flyers.

Peachjar keeps you informed about upcoming school activities, programs, and events. For your convenience, flyers that are sent via e-mail will also be made available on the “Peachjar” page on each school’s website.

You can access each school's Peachjar flyers through a link on the main page of each school's section on the District website. This is an easy way to find flyers without searching your email inbox! 

If you are not receiving electronic flyers from Peachjar, please email Sarah Welch, Coordinator of Communications & Public Relations. 

Educational Resources for Students & Families

Recommended by Keystone Oaks administrators and educators, the following are links to curriculum, technology, counseling, mental health, safety and other resources that families may utilize to help their child (or children) succeed at school and in life.

  • Family ImageReading Connection October Newsletter. Designed for students in grades K-5, the Reading Connection newsletter provides tips and activities for improving your child's literacy skills and to make reading fun! 
  • Attendance & Truancy Guidelines -Please visit our website for the guidelines for unexcused absences for children in first grade through age 16, per State Regulations and as outlined in Keystone Oaks Policy #204: Attendance.


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