Rich Jones visits foods classes

Jess Tomiczek, Social Media Editor

Rich Jones poses for a picture.

Rich Jones poses for a picture.

Rich Jones, a culinary specialist from the Art Institute in Pittsburgh visited Mrs. Patton’s foods classes on Friday, March 20 preparing bruschetta for the students. Jones has been traveling to schools for fifteen years showing them how to make certain dishes.

He also showed a slideshow on all of the programs that The Art Institute has to offer such as culinary arts, game programming, photography, and much more. The Art Institute has many different locations throughout the United States. “He is a very good speaker. He keeps the students engaged and entertained, plus he feeds them, so it’s a bonus,” said Mrs. Patton.



Awkward tales from the depths of SHS

By Kaylee Luchansky and Lianna Ketcham, Website editors

All of these true stories are brought to you by the students of Saegertown. If you would like your awkward story to be featured in the next set, email Lianna Ketcham at or Kaylee Luchansky at All stories will remain anonymous.

“I was in the hallway, stationed at my locker, when the horrific occurrence happened. My hand rose to shut my locker door, but instead of grabbing it, my hand went directly into the pants pocket of the kid beside me. Yeah, right into the left pocket like an eight ball in a game of pool. The first grading period of my freshman year hadn’t even ended yet, and I already did something ridiculously embarrassing.

The kid laughed, made an inappropriate joke, and moved on. But I hadn’t. As the embarrassment faded, my friend joined me and I began to tell the tale for the first time. As the words escaped my lips, I realized how funny the excursion actually was and promptly burst into laughter. My mortification was soon replaced with tears and a tummy ache from laughing so hard.

The event left a mark in my mind that I will never forget, but instead of being horrified at the awkward happening, I actually look back at it as a funny thing that happened. I can’t speak for the pocket owner, but I will definitely remember this for years to come.”

“The most awkward experience I’ve ever had would probably be when I accidently hip bumped a teacher in the middle of the hallway. My bad.”

“Have you ever had someone think something happened to you, but it didn’t? I once had a sub believe that my nose exploded instead of my lipgloss. I went to apply it when an air pocket became my enemy and sent the pink liquid directly into my face. In a panic, I put both of my hands to my face. The sub rushed over to see if I was alright and was quite surprised to hear it was only my lipgloss. No sir, I did not need a tissue, but thanks for caring I guess.”

Towers of Hanoi

Junior Garrett Johnston, sophomore Dustin Bierman, and sophomore Dane Rhoades participate in the Towers of Hanoi at Edinboro University’s Pi Day on March 16. (contributed by Stephen Boylan)

PA Farm Bureau AG Lab comes to SES

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On Monday, March 9, students of Saegertown Elementary paraded onto one of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile “Ag” Labs: one of six fully equipped trailers owned and operated by the Bureau that travel statewide to over 180 elementary and high schools, bringing hands-on agricultural education directly to the classroom.

The program, which is currently celebrating its tenth year of operation, has been welcomed back to Saegertown schools for the past five years, and hosts a variety of grade-level fifty minute lessons each day for classes and teachers to attend during its four day stay in the SES parking lot.  During its time in Panther Country, the lab will be visited by over 20 classes, spanning from pre-school to sixth grade.

IMG_0027“I remember coming to the Ag Lab last year, too,” said third grader Jarried Green from Mrs. Tina Johnston’s class. “It was fun. I was excited to come today and do something different than last year.”

Green, along with his classmates, participated in an experiment taught by Mrs. Cathy Vorisek (or, as her students have affectionately dubbed her, “The Bee Lady”), one of over thirty teachers employed by the PA Farm Bureau. As each student situated themselves throughout personal learning areas lining the sides of the lab, Vorisek began by holding up a handful of soybeans and asking if anyone could identify them. After exploring the importance of soy in various household products, the students were then asked if they preferred Crayola or Prang crayons; composed of wax and soybeans respectively.

During the lesson, the third graders were introduced to vocabulary words such as “hydrogenated” and “ethanol”, and learned how to turn the data they collected during their experiments into an eight paragraph research papers using the steps of the scientific method.

IMG_9922Richard Williams, another of Mrs. Johnston’s third graders, enjoyed learning about the benefits of biodegradable soybean products through the Crayola vs. Prang experiment. “I liked this project a lot better than the one we did last year,” he said. “It was fun to use the different crayons.”

The soybean experiment is only one of the several lessons Vorisek presented to SES classes before she and the lab bid farewell on March 14.

“I’ve loved coming to Saegertown schools for the past five years and watching the students I had when they were in Kindergarten grow up and become more involved in the lessons,” said Vorisek. “We’re proud to bring agriculture directly to the classroom, and we hope the students carry these lessons with them for years to come.”

Math and science club students attend Pi Day at Edinboro University

Kaylee Luchansky, Website Editor

Dr. Benjamin (photo by Stephen Boylan).

Dr. Arthur Benjamin (Stephen Boylan/SHS).

On Monday March 16, Edinboro University held its seventh annual Pi Day. Forty-six Saegertown juniors, seniors, and sophomores attended the all-day program, which started with a tour led by a student currently living on campus. The students then traveled to Ross Hall for activities including Bungee Barbie Jump, Buffon’s Stack of Needles, and the game 24.

All activities were optional and open to everyone along with nearby lectures. After lunch, the students gathered in the Cole Auditorium to be given awards and listen to Dr. Arthur Benjamin, Harvey Mudd College Professor of Mathematics and professional magician, talk about the Secrets of Mental Math. Several Saegertown students including Ben Haylett and Sam Michaels were asked to come up on the stage and participate in his activities.

Students participating in Buffon's Needles (photo contributed by Stephen Boylan).

Students participating in Buffon’s Needles (Stephen Boylan/SHS).

The students from Saegertown who were given awards were Jared McClymonds for reciting 202 digits of Pi (the student who won second place recited 150 digits), Jared Shaffer for Pi Day trivia, Dane Rhodes, Garrett Johnston, and Dustin Bierman for the Towers of Hanoi, and Tanna Walters received second place in the game 24.

“I had a great time. I especially liked Dr. Benjamin’s lecture,” said junior Kasey Newhard. Mrs. Kelli Peters, one of Math and Science Club’s advisors, said, “It was fun and I am really proud of our students winning three out of the six awards. I love my little geeks.”