Middle School News & Announcements
Keystone Oaks School District is sponsoring a Summer Lunch Program beginning June 15, 2015. Every weekday, a free nutritious bagged lunch will be available to any child under the age 18 from any community. There are seven distribution sites throughout the Keystone Oaks School District:
“We are excited to have the opportunity to provide this program to children living in and around the communities that make up the Keystone Oaks School District,” said Kevin Lloyd, Keystone Oaks Director of Food Services. “Often times, children rely on school lunches and, in the summertime, do not have access to a filling, nutritious lunch. Our goal is to be able to fill that void and to get kids the food they need and deserve.
No photo identification or sign up is required in order for children to be able to receive a lunch. The District has set up a voluntary text message service, where children 13 years of age or older and their parents/guardians can sign up to receive updates about the program. Those who are interested can sign up by texting @2015SLP to 81010; they do not have to reply with their name.
Exact distribution times are still being coordinated and will be made available on the District’s website, www.kosd.org.
The Summer Lunch Program is funded through the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
KO Grad Speaks About Mental Illness
Story by David Domalik
We’ve all sat through boring classes that warn us against doing drugs, drunk driving, smoking, etc. Often the bland information goes in one ear and right out the other without effect. On March 20, Keystone Oaks took a different approach and invited former student Ian Cummins to share his real-life story in an assembly with seventh graders in Mrs. Ostrowski’s health class, hitting closer to home than a standard class.
Sixth grade student Annaliese Siefert took first place in the Allegheny County Health Department’s 16th Annual Environmental Poster Contest.
The theme of this year’s contest was “The Power of ONE” and students were asked to create an 11” x 17” poster to answer the question “How can ONE person make a difference for the ONE planet we all share?”
Miss Siefert chose to focus on protecting marine life by spreading awareness of the harms of pollution. She wanted to use a cartoon to share her message and she chose Nemo of Disney/Pixar’s animated movie Finding Nemo to do so.
The contest was open to all students in grades 6-8 in Allegheny County. Students were encouraged to apply their environmental and ecological knowledge in demonstrating what they can do, themselves, to help improve and protect the planet. Posters were judged by the Pollution Prevention & Education Subcommittee, which made its choices based on creativity, strength of message and accuracy of information.
Miss Siefert is in Mrs. Carolyn Manko’s sixth grade science class.
Middle School Students Interact with Marine Biologist via Webcam Technology
Thanks to webcam technology that allowed the students to connect with Alyson, students were able to ask questions and further develop their knowledge of ocean life and marine biology as a career path.
As part of an English lesson focusing on animals, 7th and 8th grade students in Ms. Kelly McGuire’s classes decided to take the lesson one step further and organize a fundraiser that benefitted animals in the Pittsburgh region. As a result, students were able to raise $500 for Animal Friends of Pittsburgh through the Kind Kids program. To raise the money, students sold tickets for competitive boys vs. girls basketball games in each grade level and also sold concessions at the event. In addition to the fundraising, students also made blankets and toys that were donated to Animal Friends. Although winning wasn’t the most important part of the event, for the record, the 7th grade boys and the 8th grade girls won the basketball games!
Tutoring and Activity Buses
Tutoring is now available in the areas of Math and English at the middle school every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. starting on September 2nd. A 4:00 p.m. activity bus will be available to transport these students home after tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. A 5:15 activity bus is also available for students Monday through Thursday. The KOMS staff encourages all students to take advantage of this opportunity.
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