• May 20, 2024

    Nine named to May Deans’ List

    Deans' List awardeesUpper St. Clair High School administrators named four outstanding students to the monthly Deans’ List. Honorees and the teachers who nominated them were recognized at a special breakfast event on Monday, May 20, 2024.

    May Deans’ List honorees include:

    • Tahir Disbudak, grade 10: nominated by Mr. Cackovic, Physics
    • Ian Dvorin, grade 11: nominated by Mr. Shefler, Math
    • Lacey Fisher, grade 10: nominated by Ms. Lee, World Language
    • Diana Funaro, grade 12: nominated by Ms. Despines, Library
    • Noah Levine, grade 12: nominated by Dr. Syme, Science
    • Jonah Rensi, grade 9: nominated by Ms. Guarnaccio, English
    • Ryan Robbins, grade 9: nominated by Ms. Smigel, Art
    • Hannah Taylor, grade 10: nominated by Mr. Hartnett, Science
    • Emily Wetterau, grade 12: nominated by Mr. Yochum, Gifted Education

    The monthly Deans’ List program was established when there were deans within the Upper St. Clair High School administration. The program is now coordinated by the high school assistant principals, Dr. Dan Beck and Ms. Cara Senger.

    Staff members representing each curricular area nominate a student each month for the Deans’ List. In addition to being recognized at the monthly event, students who are nominated receive a small token of appreciation, award certificate and a copy of the letter written by their faculty nominator.

    Upper St. Clair High School promotes the growth and development of five Social Emotional Learning competencies. Teachers use this framework to nominate students who demonstrate any of the following: 

    • Self-Awareness:  the ability to recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts and values, and how they influence behavior.
    • Social Awareness:  the ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
    • Self-Management:  the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts and behaviors in different situations; effectively managing stress, controlling impulses and motivating others.
    • Relationship Skills:  the ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups.
    • Responsible Decision-Making:  the ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns and social norms.