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Middle school

The Pittston Area School District will be closed through Monday, April 9. Schools will reopen on Tuesday, April 10.

April Act 80 Day

Friday, April 20, is an Act 80 Day. Students of Pittston Area's Martin L. Mattei Middle School will be dismissed at 1:00pm.

PSSA Writing

The PSSA Writing Assessments will be given to all 8th grade students on Monday, April 16, through Wednesday, April 18.

PSSA Science

The PSSA Science Assessments will be given to all 8th rade students on Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26.

6th Grade Physicals

The district doctor will be at the school on April 11 to complete 6th grade physicals.

7th Grade Field Trip

7th Grade Reading classes are organizing a field trip on Friday, April 13, to Cinemark to see "Clash of Titans". Money was due this past Friday. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Martin.

Panoramic Picture

The 8th grade panoramic picture will be held on Thursday, April 12.You can order your picture today at www.panoramaphoto.com, or by turning your paperwork into the photographer on the day of the picture. Don't forget to wear your school colors, class T-shirts, or make it a dress up day.

Intermediate Center

In observance of the Easter Holiday, there will be no school on Monday April 9.

Talent Show

Talent show tryouts are scheduled for Thursday, April 12. Auditions will begin at 3 p.m. All rides must be at the school by 4 p.m. no exceptions. All mandatory practices will be after school on Thursdays.

Transportation will not be provided. Parents with questions can contact Mrs. Noon at noonjean@pittstonarea.com. More details to follow.

Spelling Bee

The Young Author's Club will be holding its annual spelling bee on Thursday, May 3 in the Middle School cafeteria at 3:30 p.m., parents are welcomed. The first round (students only) will be held on the following dates: 3rd grade – Tues. April 24, 4th grade – Wed. April 25, 5th grade – Thurs. April 26. each round will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Science Fair

Proposals are due on April 11. Applications are being accepted daily in the office. Science fair display boards are available for purchase daily in the lobby for $4.

Important Dates

Science Fair – Mon. April 30 and Tues. May 1

Spelling Bee – Thurs. May 3

Talent Show – Thurs. May 10

Spring Band Concert – Thurs. May 17

Knoebel's – Tues. May 29 – 3rd grade, Wed. May 30 – 4th grade, Thurs. May 31 – 5th grade.

Biz Town – 5th grade – Mon. June 4 and Tues. June 5.

Kindergarten Center

Gertrude Hawk

The PTO Gertrude Hawk Spring fundraiser is complete. The top seller for the Kindergarten Center was Isabella Marriggi, room 102 - $50 Toy's R Us gift card. The second prizewinner was Bianka Parker, room 107 - $35 Toys R Us gift card. The third prizewinner was Randy Greenfield, room 107 - $20 Toys R. Us gift card. The random drawing winner of $50 Wal-Mart gift card, donated by Gertrude Hawk was Alyvia Doran, room 104. The PTO tanks everyone who participated.

Dress Code Revision

The school board passed a motion to allow students to begin wearing shorts on April 1 instead of May 1 this year.

Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten Registration for the 2012-13 school year will be Monday, May 21 through Thursday May 24. Details will be announced.

Parent Identification

Parents/guardians must present identification whenever students are released from school and are asked to have this information ready when entering the office. Parents are reminded to review school bus safety rules with their child. All children must remain seated until the bus stops.

Healthy Snacks

Birthday and holiday treats should be healthy and nutritious. A list of ideas for healthier classroom celebrations was sent home. The school food service can provide safe and portion controlled food items for a reasonable cost. Contact Sue Rudalavage, Food Service Director at 654-7770.

Box tops

General Mills Box tops for Education logos for 2011-2012 are being collected at the school. Parents are asked to cut the box tops and place in bundles of 50 before sending them to their child's teacher.

Senior interviews

Gabrielle Ziegler was born on October 26, 1992 and resides in Pittston with her mother, Josephine. Some of Gabby's favorites include teachers Mr. Hopkins, Mr. Caprari, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Plis, and the Twilight movies.

Gabby is usually seen hanging out with best friends Ashley, Chantel, and Briana, and she counts her prom junior year as her greatest high school memory.

After high school, Gabby plans on attending LCCC to study the social sciences.

Born April 8, 1994 to Sue and Jim Horchos, Sam Horchos currently resides in Pittston. Sam's favorite teachers are Ms. Conlon and Mr. Pesotini, and she enjoyed participating in cheer, track, and many other clubs.

Sam usually hangs out with Becky, Mikey, Stephy, and Rand, and she plans to pursue a career in education after graduation. When an adult, Sam looks most forward to having a family.

The son of Ann and Tim Cummings, Tyler Cummings was born March 28, 1994 and currently resides in Pittston. Tyler was a member of the cross country, track and field, and swim teams, and his favorite teachers included Ms. Conlon, Mr. Joyce, Ms. McGarry, and Mrs. Ostrowski.

Tyler enjoys the movie The Departed, the band Creed, and the song "Someday" by Rob Thomas. After graduating, Tyler plans to move and pursue a career in civil engineering.

Kyle Patterson, son of Dawna Reese, was born on October 4, 1993 and resides in Avoca. Kyle's best friends include Jeremy Elston, John Oliveri, and Dave DeMola, and his favorite teachers are Mr. Hopkins and Mr. Walsh.

Kyle's idol is Jerry Rice and he counts his junior year as his most difficult part of high school. After graduating, Kyle plans on going to college.

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