School news – May 15

Published May 16, 2013 at 8:56 am (Updated May 16, 2013 at 8:56 am)

College savings program at Peters Township library

With college costs rising every year, Peters Township Public Library will host a program to help parents understand their options and prepare to finance their child’s college education well before their high school years.

“Jump Start Your Child’s College Savings” will be offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 16 at the library. Presenters will be Jayeann Harr, Higher Education Access Partner of SW PHEAA, and David Dominick from the Pennsylvania Treasury Department.

At the program, parents of students in elementary and middle school can learn from a representative from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency about the college financial aid process, the programs for aid that are currently available and how to apply for scholarships.

A PA 529 program specialist will explain how to save for college and on Pennsylvania income taxes, how to can avoid paying any federal or state income taxes on college savings growth and how to save for college with little impact on chances for financial aid.

Register to attend by emailing, or call the library at 724-941-9430.

Driven to Give program in Bethel Park

The Bethel Park Music Department and the Bethel Park High School Student Government Association will hold Driven to Give from 2-4 p.m. May 19 in the BPHS parking lot.

Participants will be given a personal driving experience with the re-imagined Lincoln vehicle line-up. For every test drive taken at the event, the Lincoln Motor Company and South Hills Lincoln will donate $20 to the Music Department and SGA.

Nominees sought for Miranda Award

Applications will be accepted until May 17 for the Angel F. Miranda Achievement Award, created in memory of Angel F. Miranda, a student at Pathfinder School and a 2007 Bethel Park graduate.

The award will honor a Bethel Park special needs student who attends grade 12+ and is between the ages of 17 and 21, and who demonstrates the characteristics of self-determination, tenacity, accepting challenges, overcoming obstacles, service/work and going the extra mile.

The award will be presented at the BPHS Awards Night on June 12.

For more information and for an application, visit

Federal Programs Parent Night in BP

The Bethel Park School District invites all parents whose children participate in federally-funded reading programs in the BPSD to attend a Federal Programs Parent Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 22 in the William Penn Elementary School Multi-Purpose Room.

Learn what the district can do to help make students more successful, to support parents when they work with their child, and share tips with parents to promote learning at home.

Refreshments will be served.

Bethel Park School District to hold concerts

The Bethel Park School District announces the following free music performances:

• IMS Seventh Grade Concert, 7 p.m. May 16.

• NAMS Fifth Grade Strings Concert, 6:30 p.m. May 20.

• NAMS Sixth Grade Strings Concert, 7:30 p.m. May 20.

• BPHS Choral Concert, 7 p.m. May 22.

• IMS Eighth Grade Concert, 7 p.m. May 23.

Pasta dinner to aid Pathfinder

The Pathfinder School will hold a pasta dinner 5-8 p.m. May 17. Cost is $7.50/adults and $3/kids 5 and under. Take-out pasta is $5.

A basket raffle and book fair are also planned.

Proceeds will benefit the Student Activities Fund.

Jack Albenzi Catering is providing the food.

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