Middle School News & Announcements 

Keystone Oaks Sponsoring Free Summer Lunch Program
Nutritious lunches to be served at seven locations each weekday

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:


  • Castle Shannon Municipal Building
  • Castle Shannon Library
  • Alvern Gardens, Castle Shannon
  • Dormont Park
  • Wilson Park, Green Tree Borough
  • Salvation Army, McNeilly Road
  • Keystone Oaks High School

“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.

“Additionally, we are grateful to all of the host sites for their willingness to work with the District to make this program possible. Without their support, we would not be able to offer the Summer Lunch Program,” Mr. Lloyd added.

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. 

Accelerated ELA Students Participate in Young Playwrights Program
Students in Ms. Hardner’s 7th grade Accelerated English Language Arts class spent the year working with the City Theatre’s Young Playwrights program to write, script and edit plays. Korey Grecek and Abby Trehy were chosen by their peers to present readings of their plays during a Mini-Festival, held at the Middle School. Their classmates participated by reading the various roles in the script.

Korey’s play, “Central Park Days,” was about Peter, whose life is forever changed when he mistakes a stranger for an old friend and it triggers a story about his mother, Central Park, and the love of his life, Maggie. Abby’s play, “Repercussions,” was about Maggie Jones, an average teenage girl who eats, sleeps and gets into drama. But, when Lynn Baker pulls the ultimate prank, Maggie starts to go down the wrong path. What happens when a teenage girls isn’t thinking clearly?

The students’ scripts have been submitted to the Young Playwrights Contest, where they will compete against students from throughout the region for the opportunity to have their play professionally produced by the City Theatre for the Young Playwrights Festival.

Click here to view photos from the Mini-Festival.

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.

Click here to read the full story.


Sixth Grade Student 
Takes First Place in Allegheny County Health Department Environmental Poster Contest

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. 

Kennywood Tickets on Sale May 6th
This year's Kennywood Picnic Day is Wednesday, June 17, 2015. 
Tickets on sale Wednesday, May 6.  $26 per ticket. Cash or money order only, no checks! Or purchase online at: www.kennywood.com/keystoneoaks. Click here for additional details. 

Middle School Students Interact with Marine Biologist via Webcam Technology
As part of a lesson on ocean life in Carolyn Manko’s sixth grade science classes, students had the opportunity to further their learning by talking with a marine biologist over the Internet. Marine Biologist Alyson Kuba, who is studying for her Master’s degree at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL, talked with students about her career path, the research she conducts and the work she is most passionate about – coral reefs, which she will be studying in Okinawa, Japan this summer!

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. 

Teen Tech Week Takes Middle School Students on a Digital Scavenger Hunt
March 9-13, 2015 was national Teen Tech Week, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association. It is a week for libraries across the country to showcase all of the digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. Led by Middle School Librarian Kim Gray, students in the middle school participated in a digital scavenger hunt, using smartphones and tablets to scan QR codes to help students find answers to questions about digital resources. 

Middle School Raises $500 for Animal Friends

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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