Bus Safety 101: Tips for Parents and Drivers
We get it: Getting used to riding the bus can be a big deal for little ones. A wise man once said, "Knowing is half the battle." Here are some tips to make those first few weeks of school bus riding tear- and fear-free:
• Remind your child that you or another trusted adult will be there waiting for them when they exit the bus at the end of the day.
• Always tell your child's bus driver if someone else will be picking them up from the bus so he or she can reassure them when it's time to get off after school.
• Instill the importance of safety: Tell your child to stand away from the road while waiting for the bus. When the bus stops to pick them up, remind them to take several steps backward to give the driver room to pull over.
• Let them know the rules: Listening to the bus driver's instructions is key, and standing on the bus while it's in motion is not permitted.
• Explain what the bus' red, flashing lights and extended arm bar are for—to tell other vehicles they need to stop. But also remind them that just because drivers are supposed to stop doesn’t mean they always will—stress the importance of looking both ways.
• Remind your child that the safest place to cross the street is in front of the bus where the driver can see you, not behind it.
Since it’s been a while since the big yellow busses have made their way through the communities that compose the Canon-McMillan School District, we also wanted to give some friendly reminders to motorists who encounter school buses when they're travelling Washington County's byways and highways:
• Motorists must stop at least 10 feet away from school buses that have their red lights flashing and stop arm extended.
• Motorists must stop when they are behind a bus, meeting the bus or approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped.
• Motorists following or traveling alongside a school bus must also stop until the red lights have stopped flashing, the stop arm is withdrawn, and all children have reached safety.
• If physical barriers such as grassy medians, guide rails or concrete median barriers separate oncoming traffic from the bus, motorists in the opposing lanes may proceed without stopping.
• REMINDER: Do NOT proceed until all the children have reached a place of safety.
We wish everyone a happy and safe 2017-18 school year!
Celebrating Emergency Service Day with Blessings in a Backpack of Canonsburg
Blessings in a Backpack of Canonsburg partnered with borough Mayor David H. Rhome and municipal fire, police and ambulance personnel helped celebrate Emergency Services Day May 3 doing something they know about well: Giving back.
The group packed food at South Central and First Street elementary schools for children who are eligible to receive a weekly backpack full of food to help meet their dietary needs over the weekend.
This is the second time this school year that local EMS members have helped pack food for children here in the Canon-McMillan School District.
Blessings in a Backpack organizers thanked all of the participants for volunteering their time to help local kids, adding that all involved are looking forward to continuing the parternship in the 2017-18 school year.
CM Business and Finance Director Honored
Congratulations are in order Canon-McMillan's Director of Business and Finance Joni Mansmann, who was elected vice president/president elect of the Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials.
Ms. Mansmann, who was offered a lifetime membership to the organization, was elected to the position at PASBO's annual conference held in Pittsburgh recently.
She will serve as president of the organization in three years.
"This is a remarkable accomplishment and it is an honorable moment for our dedicated Canon-McMillan employee," Superintendent Michael Daniels said.
Ms. Mansmann's professional professional achievement was most recently recognized by the Canon-McMillan Board of Directors at their April meeting.
Canon-Mac Students Win Scholastic Art Competition
Canon-McMillan High School art students were recognized recently for their art accomplishments at the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition of Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Lindsay Hill, a junior, received a Gold Key and an American Vision Award, the highest
level of achievement on the regional level, for her photography piece titled “Night at
Kelsey Benedict, a senior, received three Gold Keys for her drawings titled “Peace & Balance” and “Cherry Bomb” and design piece titled “(Verb) To Develop; To Progress.”
Hannah Chop, a sophomore, received a Gold Key for her photography piece titled “Train Bridge.”
Their Gold Key work was forwarded to New York for national level adjudication. National winners will be announced in March.
Winners of a Silver Key for distinguished achievement on the regional level were:
• Rylie McGrady, senior, for her painting, “Sticky.”
• Liz Passante, senior, for her photography piece, “Rock on.”
• Allison Paxton, junior, for her painting, “Determination.”
Honorable Mentions were:
• Kelsey Benedict, senior, “La Luna,” and “17 Years Strong” and “My Peace,” drawings
• Hannah Chop, sophomore, “The Melody of Heart Strings,” drawing; as well as “Flower in Bloom,” and “Serene Sunset,” photography
• Tayanna Harrison, senior, “Brain Matter,” painting
• Alexa Kildare, senior, “London Nights,” drawing
• Cassidy King, senior, “First World Problem,” and “Stop Smoking,” drawings; “Tia,” mixed-media
• Rylie McGrady, senior, “Dazed,” painting
• Liz Passante, senior, “Molly Ann,” photography
• Allison Paxton, junior, “Me and My Converse,” drawing; and “From the Ground Up,” photography
• Baylee Smith, junior, “Peaceful Days,” painting
• Samantha Sonnet, junior, “Lost in Thought,” drawing; and “Smell the Flowers,” photography
• Ciara Wagner, senior, “Rosann,” and “Rising,” drawings
• Catriona Watson, senior, “Keeping Warm,” painting
• Madison Williams, senior, “Fabulous Feathers,” drawing
Congratulations to all!
CMHS to Present "The Wizard of Oz" March 23-25
Consider yourself cordially invited to the Canon-McMillan High School's upcoming production of "The Wizard of Oz," which will run from March 23-25.
The family-friendly musical—also featuring elementary and intermediate students—will be presented at 7 p.m. March 23, 24 and 25. A matinee performance will also be held at 1 p.m. March 25.
Tickets are $8, and will be available for pre-sale in the hallway outside the high school auditorium from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 18, or from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 20 through March 22. TIckets will also be available at the door.
Second-Grade Students Celebrate 102 Day of School with STEM Activities
Earlier this month, First Street Elementary school students celebrated the 102nd day of school in recognition of them being in second grade.
Mr. Grice, Mrs. Sollon, Mrs. Arnold and Mrs. Kemp had students complete various activities incorporating STEM into their classrooms.
Each student made a shirt to wear and stamped it 102 times. They also counted out $1.02 in different ways and constructed a boat in small groups to see if they could make it sink or float.
Last, they were given 102 marshmallows in various sizes and were asked to work in a team to construct the tallest structure they could. The students had a blast completing these activities while applying their knowledge and getting hands-on experience working in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! Hide Article
Canon-McMillan School Directors Appoint Board Member
Canon-McMillan school directors on Jan. 26 appointed Peter Moniodes to fill a vacant board seat.
The vote for Moniodes, 59, of North Strabane, was unanimous.
His term as school director lasts through Dec. 4. He replaces outgoing board member Joe Zupancic, who resigned from his post effective Jan. 1.
Prior to Moniodes taking the oath of office, Canon-McMillan School Board President Manuel Pihakis acknowledged the other three candidates, and thanked them for volunteering to offer their service to the district.
"We're very grateful to all four of them," he said.
In other business:
- The district recognized several members of the Canon-McMillan community for their recent achievements. They included:
• The Canon-McMillan school directors in recognition of January being School Director Recognition Month. They were thanked for volunteering their time and talents for the betterment of public education in our community.
• Canonsburg Middle School students Angelina Mitchell, Maddy Palivoda, Carrah Carson, and Grace Patterson, who took first-place at the South Hills Literature Festival. They competed against 27 other teams. This is the second year in a row that CMS took first place at this competition. The sponsor is Ms. Pam Moniodes.
• Abraham Micklo and Sophia Spalla, kindergarten students at Wylandville Elementary, for being honored by the Washington County Orchestra for winning their "Made in America" Art Contest. Both children received gift cards to Toys R Us for their wonderful work.
• CMS, which is one of 38 middle schools that have been named as a Don Eichhorn "Schools to Watch" in Pennsylvania. This is the third time in nine years that the middle school has been nationally designated as part of the recognition program. It is among 10 schools that have been re-designated. Congratulations to the school and to the hard work of all involved.
• Alexa McNeil, who receiving the KDKA Extra Effort Award for girls volleyball.
- The board also approved its taxpayer relief act resolution, which states that the district shall not raise the rate of any tax for the 2017-2018 school year by more than its index of 2.9 percent.
- The board made a series of personnel moves. The entire list can be viewed here.
- The board approved several contracts. The entire list can be viewed here.
- Directors approved fundraisers, a student trip, and changes to several high school courses.
- The board accepted several grants and donations, including a $24,750 monetary donation from the Horizon Foundation for the purpose of funding an adaptive physical education program created by Eruption Athletics. The donation was made possible by the generosity of Gerry O'Hare owner of Jeffrey's Drug Store.
- Directors authorized McIlvried, DiDiano & Mox, LLC to proceed with the boundary and topographical survey retroactive to Dec. 12, 2016 at a cost not to exceed $1,800.
- The board voted to adopt Aug. 28, 2017 as the starting date for students for the 2017-18 school year.
- Directors approved resolutions authorizing the closure of Cecil and First Street elementary schools effective Aug. 14, 2017.
- The board approved PlanCon resolutions dealing with the Canon-McMillan High School building project.
The entire agenda can be viewed online here: http://www.boarddocs.com/pa/cnmc/Board.nsf/Public
Cecil Elementary Students Raise Money for Angel Ridge
Cecil Elementary fourth-graders in Mrs. Lucy Gaydos and Mrs. Jennifer Stealeys' class collected $205 and two full boxes of supplies for Angel Ridge Animal Shelter.
Way to go, everyone!
A Cecil Intermediate School fifth-grader spent the day in Harrisburg recently to celebrate as one of the winners of “The Drug-Free Calendar Contest” sponsored by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office.
The contest was open to all fifth-grade students in the state, and Canon-Mac’s Emma Gross, of McDonald, was one of 12 winners selected from about 1,000 entries that illustrated a message about staying drug free.
Each of the 12 winners will have their artwork featured on the calendar (Emma’s work will be featured in the month of May).
Entries came from 231 schools over 53 counties in the Commonwealth. The winners were chosen based on creativity and the ability of the student to illustrate and convey a drug-free message.
Emma’s day in Harrisburg started with a luncheon at the Attorney General’s office, where she met Kathleen Kane and received her award and a Go Pro waterproof camera.
From there, she and her family were treated to a tour of the Capitol, where state Rep. Brandon Neuman (a Canon-Mac alum) presented Emma with a special award - and even invited her down to the House floor.
Emma also appeared on the KDKA news broadcast for her accomplishment.
“We were very proud to say the least, and couldn’t have been happier to share this once-in-a-lifetime experience with her,” Emma’s mom, Melissa Gross said.
She also thanked Emma’s guidance counselor, Mr. Craig Barzan for all his support.
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