School News - Sept. 25

Published Sep 25, 2013 at 5:26 am (Updated Sep 20, 2013 at 3:30 pm)

Festival of Bands

South Fayette High School will host its 33rd Annual Festival of Bands at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the high school stadium.

In addition to South Fayette’s Little Green Machine, participating high school marching bands include Avella, Carlynton, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Fort Cherry, Peters Township, Pine-Richland, Pittsburgh Obama, Quaker Valley and Upper St. Clair.

Tickets at the door are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. South Fayette Senior Citizen Gold Card holders are admitted free.

For information, call 412-221-4542.

Lebo band fest

The Mt. Lebanon High School Marching Blue Devil Band, under the direction of Ms. Louise Marino, will present its Festival of Bands at 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Mt. Lebanon Stadium, rain or shine.

Other area bands performing include Allderdice, Brashear, Brentwood, Carlynton, Carrick, Chartiers Valley, South Allegheny and Upper St. Clair. There will be special performances by Westminster College and the Mt. Lebanon drum and frontline.

Tickets are available at the gate for $7 or in advance from any band member for the pre-sale price of $6. For more information, contact Mt. Lebanon Band Builders President Jill Mandelblatt at 412-563-4530 or Visit the band’s website at

Parental information meeting

The Bethel Park School District Curriculum Department will host a Parent Information Meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 in the community room of the Administration Building, located on Church Road, to discuss the Pennsylvania Common Core Standards and how they will be implemented in the Bethel Park School District.

Presenting at this meeting will be Dr. Dorothy Stark, director of Elementary Education; and Janet O’Rourke, director of Secondary Education, who will explain how the Common Core is a positive step toward more rigorous implementation of the district’s curriculum.

The evening is free and open to any parent or community member who wants to learn more about the Common Core.

C-H band festival

The Chartiers-Houston High School Marching Band will host its second annual band festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the high school stadium. Featured high school bands include South Fayette, West Greene, Ringgold, Charleroi and Keystone Oaks. Also, The Pittsburgh Steeline, known for its performances at Heinz Field and The Westminster College Titan Marching Band will be featured.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for students/seniors. Call 724-745-3350 ext. 215 with questions.

Ladies Tea

A Ladies Tea will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Hilton Garden Inn-Southpointe, to benefit St. Patrick School, Canonsburg. Fall wreaths, centerpieces, auctions and raffles. To register, call 724-745-7977.

College fair

More than 140 colleges and universities will participate in the North Pittsburgh College Fair 6-8 p.m. Oct. 7 at La Roche College’s Kerr Fitness & Sports Center in McCandless Township.

The North Pittsburgh College Fair will host technical schools, small colleges and large universities from across the country.

Free admission and parking. For more information, contact the La Roche College Office of Admissions at 412-536-1272 or Visit for directions to the campus.

TSA competition

Cara Price, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bryan Price of South Fayette, was awarded second place at the Technology Student Association’s National Competition in Orlando, Fla. After placing first in the PA TSA State Competitions at Seven Springs, Cara was eligible to compete at the national event. More than 5,000 students, advisors and parents attended the national conference, which was held this summer at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Cara’s submission focused on music. The South Fayette High School TSA team is led by Mr. Brian Garlick and was represented by 24 students at the state competition. The entire team met weekly after school as they prepared for their individual and team competitions. When interviewed, Cara stated “Everyone on the South Fayette TSA Team worked very hard, and although I was the only one to place, many are equally skilled (if not more) in their respective events. I did well relative to others; they’re talented beyond comparison. The students who have given their dedication to the club for years deserve acknowledgement regardless of whether the official organization deems to give it. Besides, I never would have made it this far without a team.”

School programs

Domestic Violence Services of Southwestern PA has school programs available for preschool through college students in Washington County.

For more information, call 724-223-5477.

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