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Weekly Recap for Friday, April 19, 2024

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Upper St. Clair students have the opportunity to participate in musical theater productions beginning in grade four. Every spring the schools perform separate musicals: grade four, grade five, grade six, Fort Couch Middle School and an Upper St. Clair High School production.

In March, Upper St. Clair High School students performed Newsies. This week, our fifth and sixth grade students at Boyce Middle School performed grade-level productions of Disney’s Frozen KIDS. In May, Fort Couch Middle School will present Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and our fourth graders will perform at their respective schools.



Calendar Reminders

  • NEXT WEEK:  Tuesday, April 23: NO SCHOOL – Teacher In-Service
  • Monday, May 27:  NO SCHOOL/OFFICES CLOSED – Memorial Day


Parent Engagement Programs

There are two important programs for parents/caregivers scheduled for later this month. Both programs, which are free and open to all families, will be held in the Boyce Middle School theater. We hope you can join us!

Parent Engagement Programs

NEXT WEEK:  Promoting Happiness & Success in Middle School
6 p.m. | Wednesday, April 24 
Upper St. Clair families are invited to attend the program, “Promoting Happiness & Success in Middle School,” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. Ikeya Craig-Swatson, community engagement specialist for NAMI Keystone PA, will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker. The evening will also include a presentation from Dr. Lauren Madia, Upper St. Clair’s director of pupil services. Dr. Madia will offer an overview of the programs and services available to families that support happiness and success at the middle level and beyond.

FBI – Online Safety & Awareness program 
7 p.m. | Monday, April 29
FBI Community Outreach Specialist Felicia Trovato will lead a town hall-style program regarding Online Safety & Awareness at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29. Ms. Trovato will provide an overview of the programs that were previously presented to students, the trends of current cases in the Pittsburgh region, and the indicators of exploitation of children and teens online. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.



Headlines

Weekly Recap

 

Nine named National Merit Finalists
Nine Upper St. Clair High School seniors were recently named Finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. Lucas S. Bishop, Leona Chen, Hunter F. Maher, Caroline E. Murphy, Mahir N. Parmar, Alex H. Sun, Arjun A. Suresh, Lauren M. Tenney and Isabella Zhang were selected on the basis of their SAT scores, grades, essays and letters of recommendation. Read more

 

National Honor Society inducts record number
The Upper St. Clair High School chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 213 new members during its annual induction ceremony on Wednesday, April 17, 2024, in the high school’s theater. At 213, this is the school’s largest number of new inductees and, representing 61% of the class of 2025, this is the largest percentage of a class on record. On average, approximately 51% of Upper St. Clair juniors are inducted into the National Honor Society. Read more

 

Students craft 500 friendship bracelets for charity gala
Boyce Middle School students are putting their stamp on the Children’s Home of Pittsburgh’s annual Spring Gala. Each attendee will receive a friendship bracelet handmade by the Upper St. Clair fifth and sixth graders. Students are volunteering during their free time in order to reach their goal of making 500 bracelets. Read more

 

CAPS program receives grant to add virtual reality project
The Consuming and Producing Successfully (CAPS) program at Boyce Middle School recently received a grant from the Community Foundation of Upper St. Clair in support of its Virtual Reality Entrepreneur project. Introduced at the start of the 2023-24 school year, the CAPS program is part of the expressive arts curriculum for Upper St. Clair students in grades five through eight. At Boyce, the program focuses on community, economy, financial literacy, work and career readiness, and business management.  Read more

 

Three earn medals at FCCLA state conference
Three Upper St. Clair High School juniors earned award medals at the Family, Career & Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference, which was held March 18-20, 2024, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Sophie Einfeldt and Olivia Fuscaldo earned gold medals in Fashion Design, and Raegan Kuhn earned a silver medal in the Repurpose and Redesign category.  Read more

 

Two teams advance to Odyssey World Finals
Two Upper St. Clair teams earned top marks at the Pennsylvania Odyssey of the Mind 2024 State Finals on April 6, 2024, at Pocono Mountain School District. Both teams will travel to Iowa State University to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals from May 21-24, 2024.  Read more

 

Four named to April Deans’ List
Upper 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, April 15, 2024. Congratulations to Miquel Piedrahita, Zoe Roberts, Adriana Paola Rodriquez and Jack Schalk.  Read more

 

7th grader placed first at history bee regional finals
Arjun Kairi, a seventh grader at Fort Couch Middle School, placed first in the National History Bee regional finals – advancing to the national and international levels of the competition. Arjun traveled to Ohio to participate in the Dayton Regional Finals on April 6, 2024.  Read more

 

Middle schools excel in PA Math League
Fort Couch Middle School seventh graders earned the highest score among all 35 participating Pennsylvania schools in the recent Pennsylvania Mathematics League (PML) contest. In addition, Fort Couch eighth graders placed fourth overall among 37 participating schools and second in the three-county region that includes Allegheny, Butler and Cambria counties. Boyce sixth graders placed fifth in Pennsylvania and second in the region.  Read more

 

USC to host Remake Learning events May 2
Upper St. Clair School District is hosting an evening filled with numerous events and hands-on activities in conjunction with Remake Learning Days. From 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, community members can participate in more than 15 different sessions – many of which focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math). All events take place at Upper St. Clair High School. Read more

 Summer Programs

REGISTER NOW:  USCSD Summer Programs
Upper St. Clair is offering numerous summer program experiences for students at all grade levels. In addition to reading and math labs, there are STEAM and robotics camps, leadership academies and summer wellness opportunities. New this year: Elementary SEEDS (Summer Empowerment for Emotional & Social Development) Camp is specially designed to shape your child's horizons in self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making and problem-solving, social and conversational skills, and team building.

 

Community Day 2024 – Panthers in Paradise
Upper St. Clair's Community Day is set for Saturday, May 18, 2024. This year's theme is Panthers in Paradise. Join us for games, food, entertainment and tons of fun. Held annually on the third Saturday in May, the cooperative event is organized by officials from USC Township and the School District. Apply/register now to reserve a booth or to participate in the parade, toddler trot, bake-off, hottest dog contest, and more.  Read more

 

LAST CALL: Halls of Fame nominations accepted through April 30
Do you know an Upper St. Clair High School graduate, former staff member or volunteer who has made an impact in academics, the arts or athletics? Consider nominating him or her for the 2024 Upper St. Clair High School Halls of Fame. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2024. Read more

 

Join our USC team! Full and Part-time job opportunities…
Looking for a full or part-time job where you can make a meaningful impact on our school community? We have several exciting opportunities that might just be the perfect fit for you. Here are just a few of our top recruiting needs:


Athletics

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In case you missed it…


Parent Teacher Council

Upcoming PTC & Unit Meetings:

**COMING UP** Promoting Happiness & Success in Middle School
Upper St. Clair families are invited to attend the program, “Promoting Happiness & Success in Middle School,” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the Boyce Middle School theater. The program is sponsored by the USC Parent Teacher Council Wellness Committee in collaboration with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Keystone PA. Ikeya Craig-Swatson, community engagement specialist for NAMI Keystone PA, will serve as the evening’s keynote speaker. The evening will also include a presentation from Dr. Lauren Madia, Upper St. Clair’s director of pupil services. Dr. Madia will offer an overview of the programs and services available to families that support happiness and success at the middle level and beyond.  Read more


Upcoming Events

April
19:  Baker 1st Grade Social, 6-8 p.m., Baker Field
19:  Boyce 6th Grade Musical, Boyce theater
22:  PSSA Testing: ELA (gr. 3-8)
23:  NO SCHOOL – Teacher In-Service
24:  PSSA Testing: ELA (gr. 3-8)
24:  Promoting Happiness & Success in Middle School, 6 p.m., Boyce theater
25:  Boyce Deer Valley Parent meeting, 7-8:30 p.m.
26:  PSSA Testing: ELA (gr. 3-8)
29:  FBI: Online Safety, 7 p.m., Boyce theater
30:  Grade 4 to 5 Learning Support Parent Move Up meeting, 6-7 p.m. Boyce library
30:  PSSA Testing: Math (gr. 3-8)

May
1:  PSSA Testing: Math (gr. 3-8)
2:  Remake Learning Day, 6-8 p.m. USCHS
2:  MYP Certificate Ceremony, 6 p.m., USCHS theater
5:  Baker Rescheduled 3rd Gr Social, 12:30-2:30 p.m., Baker Park
6:  Boyce Pride
6-7:  Boyce Deer Valley – Team Energy
7:  PSSA Testing: Science (gr. 4 and 8)
8:  PSSA Testing: Science (gr. 4 and 8)
8-9:  Boyce Deer Valley – Team Solar Power
8:  USCHS PTSO meeting, 9:30 a.m.
9:  Elementary S.T.A.R. Night, 6-8 p.m.
9:  ELEM EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:10
10:  Eisenhower PTO meeting, 9:30 a.m.
10:  Fort Couch Musical, “Beauty & the Beast”
11:  Streams Washington Wild Things Night, 7:05 p.m.game time
11:  Fort Couch Musical, “Beauty & the Beast”
12:  Fort Couch Musical, “Beauty & the Beast”
13:  School Board meeting, 7 p.m.
13-14:  Boyce Deer Valley – Team Wind
14:  Spring Into Kindergarten, 9-10 a.m. and 1-2 p.m., All Elem. Schools
15:  Boyce PTO meeting
15:  Boyce Grade 5 PML, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Boyce Cafe
15:  HS Spring Choral Concert, 7 p.m.
15-16:  Boyce Deer Valley – Team ECO
16:  Baker PTA meeting, 9:30 a.m.
16:  Fort Couch Celebration of Learning, FC EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:40
17:  Baker Kindergarten Social, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Baker gym
17:  HS Spring Jazz Concert, 7 p.m.
17:  Boyce Battle of the Books
18:  USC Community Day
20:  Boyce Deer Valley @ Boyce – Team Energy
21:  Boyce Deer Valley @ Boyce – Team Solar Power
21:  Streams Kindergarten Olympics
21:  Fort Couch PTSO meeting, 11:30 a.m.
21:  Baker 4th Grade Musical, 7 p.m., Baker gym
21:  Streams 4th Grade Musical, 7 p.m., Streams
21:  USCHS Awards Night: Jr. Book Awards @ 6:30 p.m.; Awards Ceremony @ 7:15 p.m.
22:  Boyce Deer Valley @ Boyce – Team Wind
22:  Elementary Strings Concert, 7 p.m., USCHS theater
22:  Eisenhower Kindergarten Field Day (rain date, May 23)
22:  PTC meeting, 11 a.m.
23:  Baker PTA meeting, 9:30 a.m., register to attend
23:  Boyce Celebration of Learning, BOYCE EARLY DISMISSAL @ 1:40
23:  USCHS Senior Banquet, 5:30 p.m., Valley Brook Country Club
24:  Boyce Deer Valley @ Boyce – Team ECO
27:  NO SCHOOL & OFFICES CLOSED – Memorial Day
28:  Fort Couch 6th-7th Grade Move-Up Parent Meeting, 6 p.m.
28:  HS & Fort Couch Spring Band Concert, 7:30 p.m., USCHS theater
28:  Boyce Author’s Day
28:  Streams Field Day (rain date, May 29)
29:  Baker Kindergarten Field Day (rain date, May 30)
29:  Boyce Small Group LS Move Up Day Grade 6-7, 9-11 a.m.
29:  Boyce Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m., Boyce theater
30:  Streams 4th Grade IB Inquiry Exhibition Day
31:  Last day of school for seniors
31:  Fort Couch Field Day (rain date, June 3)
31:  Baker Field Day, gr. 1-4 (rain date, June 3)
31:  Eisenhower Field Day, gr. 1-4 (rain date, June 3)
31:  Eisenhower Gr. 4 Farewell, 8:30-10:30 p.m.

June
3:  School Board – Curriculum Recommendations @ 6 p.m., meeting @ 7 p.m.
3:  Graduation practice, 9 a.m.
3:  Boyce Field Day
3:  Streams Gr. 4 Pool Party, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Montclair Pool
4:  Grade 4-to-5 Student Move-Up Day, 9-11:30 a.m.
4:  Red Carpet, 4:15-4:45 p.m., USCHS
4:  Prom, 7:30-10:30 p.m., TBD
4:  Baker 4th Grade Pool Party, 6-9 p.m., Montclair Pool
4:  Streams Pirate Outing, 6:40 p.m. game time
5:  Fort Couch Student Move-Up Day
5:  Grade 6-to-7 Student Move-Up Day
6:  Last day for students, Fourth Quarter Marking Period Ends
6:  HALF DAY/EARLY DISMISSAL – (HS 11:20; Elem 11:55; MS 12:30)
6:  Baccalaureate, 5 p.m. (USCHS seniors only)
6:  USCHS Commencement, 7 p.m., Stadium
7:  NO SCHOOL – Teacher In-Service
13:  Kennywood Day
17:  School Board meeting, 7 p.m.
21:  Fourth Quarter Report Cards available in Parent Portal


Now Hiring

Come join our team! There are several permanent and substitute openings in the Upper St. Clair School District. Please share our list of openings with friends and family who may be interested.

Full and Part-time Openings
Check out our current employment opportunities and apply online for the following positions:

Athletics/Activities

Substitute positions:


Bulletin Board

Be sure to check the district’s online community bulletin board for information about upcoming community events as well as summer science camps, sports camps, dance clinics and more…

  • NEW: Band & Orchestra Shoe Collection Fundraiser
  • NEW: USC WAHOOS Summer Swim Team (ages 5-14): registration opens May 1
  • NEW: Community Conversation on School Safety: April 25
  • Healthy Kids Running Series (ages 2-14): begins April 21
  • Pantherette Guard Clinic (gr. 1-8): April 27 & May 11
  • 2024 USC Boys Lax Mulch Sale: order by April 30
  • USC Community Day, May 18: Hottest Dog Contest
  • USC Community Day, May 18: Bake-Off (gr. K-8)
  • USC Robotics BOT-tanical Bulb Sale: order by May 28
  • STEAM Opportunities
  • Pennsylvania's Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • And more…

The Weekly Recap is emailed to all Upper St. Clair School District families and staff, and posted on the district's website every Friday.

For more information, contact:

Tina Vojtko, Communications Specialist
Upper St. Clair School District
tvojtko@uscsd.k12.pa.us