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Second Annual Future Fair gives high school students opportunities to explore post-secondary institutions and careers
2019 Future FairKeystone Oaks High School's Second Annual Future Fair, hosted by the Guidance Department, gave students the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 70 post-secondary institutions and to learn about a variety of different careers from professionals working in the industry. 

"The annual College Fair is a long-standing and popular tradition at the High School because it allows families to talk with and learn about different schools right in their backyard," said School Counselor Nicole Varrenti. "Last year, we added the career speakers to give students the chance to learn about different career paths that they may be interested in.This has really turned into a great event for all of our High School students and families to jumpstart a conversation about what students want to do after high school." 

2019 Future Fair 2More than half of the career participants were graduates of Keystone Oaks High School, who now work in professions ranging from electrician, to engineer, finance, education, and public affairs. 

"It is wonderful that so many Keystone Oaks graduates are willing to come back to their alma mater to share their story with current students," said School Counselor Jennifer Tom. "I think it really has a positive impact on students when they can make those connections."

Click here to see a complete list of participants in this year's Future Fair. 
Thirty Two High School students recognized as AP Scholars
AP ScholarsThirty two Keystone Oaks High School students are recipients of an AP Scholar Award, which recognizes high school students who have demonstrated outstanding college-level achievement through their performance on Advanced Placement exams during the 2018-2019 school year.

Twelve students were recognized as AP Scholars with Distinction, earning an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more AP Exams. Seven students were recognized as AP Scholars with Honor, earning an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP Exams. Thirteen students were recognized as AP Scholars, earning scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. 

Please click here to view the list of students who have received an AP Scholar Award. 
Golden Oaks Designs showcases student-run business at CelebrateED event
CelebrateEd EventOn Monday, Sept. 23, senior Chris Wolf, sophomore Sean McGovern, and Technology Education teacher Craig Wetzel represented Keystone Oaks High School's student-run business, Golden Oaks Designs, at Remake Learning's CelebrateED event. 

Innovate KeychainCelebratED was an evening dedicated to honoring educators and the innovative programs that school districts are offering to students.

Golden Oaks Designs was one of six EdCorp student-run businesses selected to participate in CelebrateEd. As part of their participation, Keystone Oaks students provided 100 hand-made keychains that were included as part of participants' "goodie bags." The keychain also serves as a cell phone stand! 

You can learn more about Golden Oaks Designs and view their available products online at http://www.goldenoaksdesigns.com/.

 Mark your calendar for these upcoming events & activities

Activities Calendar ImageWednesday, October 2
Studio & Stage: Explore
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Dormont Elementary School

Friday, October 4
Gold & White Day

Tuesday, October 8
Board of School Directors Work Session Meeting
7 p.m.  | Board Room

Thursday, October 10
5th Grade Scavenger Hunt - all three buildings

Friday, October 11
Early Dismissal for Students / Staff Inservice
Students will be dismissed at the following times:

  • Middle School and High School – 10:55 a.m.
  • Dormont Elementary – 11:25 a.m.
  • Aiken Elementary 11:35 a.m.
  • Myrtle Elementary – 11:50 a.m.

Monday, October 14
No School / Keystone Oaks closed

"Explore" Art & Music at the 2019-2020 Studio & Stage Kick-Off

Studio & Stage LogoThe 2019-2020 Studio & Stage season will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd, with "Explore," a night of interactive art and music activities for the entire family!

All Keystone Oaks elementary families are invited to the Studio & Stage event, which will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Dormont Elementary School. Families can engage in a variety of activities, including:

  • Watercolor
  • Collage
  • Collaborative Art
  • Drum Circle
  • Folk Music & Dancing
  • Drum Set Battle

Studio & Stage is an interactive series of events designed for the whole family to get involved in making art and music. The activities and performances are an opportunity to share, practice and celebrate the skills and concepts that are fundamental to your child's fine arts education at Keystone Oaks.

From the Desk of Aiken Elementary School Principal Mr. Thomas

Dear Aiken Elementary Families,

Dot Day AikenIt is hard to believe October is right around the corner. Our students have been SOARing through September and before the month is over will have already earned over 700 Eagles Eggs, with our Green Tree about to be filled! 

 

In celebration of Good Neighbor Week students signed a banner for Mr. McFeeley, the HS principal at Mt. Lebanon who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  On Friday, students wore green and made a $1 donation for the McFeeley Family. The banner and the donations will be sent by the District to Mt. Lebanon High School, where they will be forwarded to Mr. McFeeley and his family.

In case you missed it, Aiken's kindergarten students celebrated International Dot Day on September 16 with a project that was a collaboration between Mr. Colf, our STEAM teacher,  Ms. Hersan, our art teacher, and other staff members who helped the whole kindergarten class "make their mark!" 

 

October is sure to be another busy month. Please see the Aiken October Calendar of Events for upcoming important dates, including October's PFO meeting. Also, please note that students will be dismissed at 11:35 a.m. on Friday, October 11 and there is no school for students or staff on Monday, October 14. 

You can stay up to date with everything happening at Aiken by “liking” the Fred L. Aiken Elementary School Facebook page  KOAikenElementary or by following me on Twitter at @KOAikenElemMrT. Also, check out our AikenPBIS Website to help your student SOAR to new heights - https://sites.google.com/kosd.org/aikenpbis/home


From the Desk of Dormont Elementary Principal Mr. Werner

Hello & Happy Friday to our awesome Dormont parents and staff, 

Dormont Good NeighborIt's hard to believe that we are in the final week of September and that fall has arrived! In celebration of "Be A Good Neighbor Day" on Sept. 28, Dormont Elementary students took time this week to support one of our neighbors - Mt. Lebanon High School Principal Brian McFeeley, who is battling pancreatic cancer. Led by Librarian Sally Burgman, all Dormont students signed a banner that will be delivered to him. Students also were encouraged to wear green and make a $1 donation today. We are #KOProud of all of our great neighbors! 

Here are some important reminders and updates from Dormont Elementary: 

PICTURE DAY: In case you missed it, we had our Picture Day on Wednesday, September 25th. This link (http://www.redfordschools.com/ko) will allow you to order directly online (by clicking the “order fall school portraits” button).

EMPTY GALLON MILK JUGS: The PFO is looking to construct an igloo for our upcoming book fair. If you have an empty gallon milk jug, we would appreciate it if you would consider sending it into school. Please be sure to rinse it out before sending it in. 😊 Thank you in advance.

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 (wareham@kosd.org) 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:

Wednesday, October 2
Wonderful Wednesday - Wear blue to stomp out bullying and to spread kindness

Wednesday, October 2
Studio & Stage Kick-Off: Explore
6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Dormont Elementary
This event is for all elementary families
             
Friday, October 4
Gold & White Day

Wednesday, October 9
Garden Committee Meeting  |  6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
PFO Meeting  |  7 p.m.

Thursday, October 10
5th Grade Scavenger Hunt

Friday, October 11
Early Dismissal for Students; Students will be dismissed at 11:25 a.m. 

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

Homework Help Time is back at Myrtle Elementary! Homework Help Time is offered Monday-Thursday for students in second through fifth grades. Homework Help Time will end at 4:45 pm and the parent/guardian is responsible for picking up students that participate.

Register Here: Please click this link to register your student(s) for Homework Help Time. 

Myrtle Facebook PageMyrtle Avenue Elementary School is now on Facebook! Be sure to like and follow our school page for news, updates, and information on building events and activities. 

Additionally, please check out the most recent edition of the Home & School Connection Newsletter. It is filled with great tips for helping your student be successful at school. 

Please keep in mind that due to recent upgrades to Keystone Oaks' phone system, the direct phone numbers that had previously been published for each building may no longer work and callers may not be able to leave a voice message on those lines. Anyone trying to reach a staff member, including building principals and secretaries, should dial 412-571-6000 and follow the prompts to reach a specific building or department.


Coming Up at Myrtle Elementary

Wednesday, October 2
Studio & Stage Kick-Off: Explore
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  |  Dormont Elementary School
*This event is for all elementary families
 
Friday, October 4
Gold & White Day

Thursday, October 10
5th Grade Scavenger Hunt

Friday, October 11
Early Dismissal for Students

From the Desk of Middle School Principal Mr. Kattan

Keystone Oaks Middle School Families, 

We have had a great first month of school and we are looking forward to finishing the first nine weeks strong! Our After-School Work Centers will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week, October 1. 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. 


PSSA Breakfast
On Thursday, September 26, our 6th grade teachers celebrated the success of114 7th grade students that scored proficient or advanced on the ELA and Math PSSA last year. The 6th grade team fundraised last year to offer incentives to students who worked hard and showed growth and achievement on the PSSA. Congratulations to our students on a job well done! As a reward, they spent time socializing with friends and eating French toast, bacon, sausage and hash browns, provided by KOSD Food Service. We are planning on continuing this for all grades levels this year. 

MS Parent Pride 2During the Middle School's Open House a few weeks ago, parents were asked to fill out a "Parent Pride" card with a short note about something that makes them proud of their son or daughter. Our Middle School counseling team made this display from those notes, offering students words of encouragement and support as they make their way through our hallways each day. 






MS Pitt VisitLastly, on Friday, Sept. 27, graduate students from the University of Pittsburgh worked with our 8th grade science students on a chemistry investigation lesson. Seven graduate students from the Chemistry Department worked with a small group of students on a water purification activity. The students had a good time and were very engaged in the activity. Thank you to Mrs. Pisani for arranging this great experience for our students! 


Additional Middle School Announcements & Important Dates:

  • Please do not forget to become a member of our PFO this year. The membership form can be found using the following link: https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/827205/schools/18032
    You can also stay update to date with news form the PFO by joining their Facebook page. Follow using this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/508171239624324/

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


  • Come to next Friday's Varsity Football early to recognize and support our Middle School fall sports teams! The following Middle School Teams will be recognized before the Varsity Football game on Friday October 4th vs Beaver Falls: Football, Cheerleading, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Cross Country, and Swimming. Participants need to be lined up behind the Scoreboard at 6:05. 

  • Important Dates:Middle School Parent Pride
    Interim Reports- September 30
    End of the Nine Weeks - October 30
    Report Cards Issued - November 7

    Early Dismissal (10:55) - October 11
    No School October 14

    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, 

Coffee with the CounselorsIt has been an action-packed week at Keystone Oaks High School, starting with the first "Coffee with the Counselors" event on Monday. Hosted by High School Counselors Nicole Varrenti and Jen Tom, and Mental Health Therapist Sarah Hazlett, students were treated to a free cup of coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or apple cider. "Coffee with the Counselors" will be offered monthly throughout the school year. 

On Thursday, students and families who attended the annual Future Fair had the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 70 post-secondary institutions and to learn about a variety of careers from 30 industry professionals. Thank you, once again, to our High School Counseling Department for organizing this important event and to those in attendance who made it a success - especially our Keystone Oaks alumni. 

We ended the week with "Rush," our annual activities fair. This year, every high school student was given the opportunity to attend rush to learn more about the 27 extracurricular activities that are offered at Keystone Oaks High School. In case you missed "Rush," or didn't get to learn about all of the clubs, you can download the list of this year's activities by clicking here

Resetar DebateThere have also been a number of interactive classroom lessons this week. Students in Mrs. Resetar's Honors English 10 class engaged in a high-energy debate on the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." Check out video from the debate on the District's Facebook page. 

Unplugged Coding



In Mr. Gallagher's AP Computer Science Principles class, students completed an unplugged activity as an introduction to coding. Using Lincoln Logs, magnet tiles, and Mega Blocks, students had to build an object. They then wrote step by step instructions on how they built their object. The next day, their classmates were challenged to use the directions to replicate the object. 



                        

Additional KOHS News & Announcements:

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. 

KOHS AnnouncementsProfessionals from the following career fields will be at Keystone Oaks High School on October 9: physical therapy, sports, animal welfare, engineering, marketing, financial crime investigation, and food and beverage. Students interested in attending should sign up on Google Classroom. 

On Friday, October 11, students will be dismissed early at 10:55 a.m. There is no school for students or staff on Monday, October 14. 

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. 

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

Did you see these recent 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.

Recent flyers include:

  • KO Hockey Co-Op first home game and Coach's Dining Night
  • Job openings with the Keystone Oaks Food Service Department
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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