By Sydney Kightlinger, design editor and Austin Brown, news editor
With a $1.8 million deficit still looming over the district, little was said pertaining to the 35 cuts on the chopping block at the School Board Meeting held on Thursday, June 9 at Central Office. It was speculated by The Titusville Herald that the Board would release a change in the cuts in regard to content areas; however, nothing was formally released to the public.
Superintendent Michael Healey said he had intentions of releasing the content area staffing changes at the meeting, but due to a memorandum of understand, he could not finalize the changes. The cuts still include 28 teachers and seven support staff, but the areas of instruction being cut will be changed. Superintendent Healey plans to have the changes announced by the end of the business day today.
One change was announced by Board President Jason Bakus at the beginning of the meeting. He shared that the district will not be making cuts to the library program. This means that the schools will continue to have librarians in the 2016-17 school year.
The Board conducted a roll-called every motion on the table. Every motion was passed except a one to approve $89,425.00 for a district-wide keyless access system, which was tabled by President Bakus.
Updated budget documents can be found at: here
The final budget will be passed at the June 30 meeting at the Central Office board room. This meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and is open to the public.
By Jackie Galford, features editor and Kaitlyn Walsh, staff writer
Common Grounds, the new cafe made possible by Youth for Christ and the surrounding community is hosting a Summer Kickoff event at their cafe Friday, June 17 from 6-10 p.m. Activities will include cornhole, ultimate frisbee, KanJam, nine-square, and a welcoming campfire. According to Denette Adams from Youth for Christ, this event will truly be the perfect kickoff to summer, providing an opportunity for the youth to make memories and enjoy themselves. In addition to the summer kickoff, Common Grounds is also continuing a fundraising campaign, with a goal of raising $40,000 by June 30. Their current pizza sale extends through June 14. For details or to order a pizza, contact Denette Adams at 814-573-6223 or email email@example.com.
By Lauren Haylett, junior high staff
“We should know the importance and heritage of our town,” said Oliver Smith. Eighth grade students participated in the annual Saegertown Walking Tour on Thursday, June 2. The students learned about Saegertown’s history as they visited sites that they drive by everyday.
To start the field trip, former Saegertown teacher and Saegertown historian, Mrs. Linda Fink discussed the history of the Saegertown Inn. Dariann Beebe said, “I liked whenever we talked with Mrs. Fink by French Creek. It was the first thing we did, and we could see where the parts of the Saegertown Inn used to be as she talked about them.”
A representative from the Mizner Funeral Home also spoke to the eighth graders. He gave insights on what the funeral home does, and how the funeral home was run when it was first started in 1892. “I thought it was pretty impressive how long it’s been open. I mean around here there’s not much that sticks around for that long; the Saegertown Inn got completely destroyed,” said Ashley Wenzel.
A main site along the tour was the Patrick McGill house where the students were able to tour the home and see how people lived in the early 1800s. Liam Sood said, “I liked the McGill house because it was neat to feel like you were stepping back really far into history, and it seemed really boring to live back then, but it was still kinda cool.”
Many of the students on the trip enjoyed the Saegertown Area Heritage Museum that shows the progression of Saegertown from 1824 to 2016. “My favorite part was the museum because they had so many cool artifacts,” said Josh McWright. Residents of the Saegertown area have donated relics to the Historical Society and are on display at the museum. English teacher, Mr. Brad Wise, said, “I had not been to the Historical Society in several years, and the amount of stuff that they’ve added, and the historical values of it: amazing.”
The students ate lunch at Jordan Park and then were treated to ice cream at the Dairy Inn courtesy of the seventh and eighth grade class council. The eighth grade then traveled to the Saegertown Cemetery on Grange Center Road where they completed a scavenger hunt.
Overall, the walking tour informed the students and brought to light the significance of Saegertown. Kaylee Mulligan said, “I thought the trip was amazing to learn about all the neat things that happened in Saegertown’s history, and how the town could’ve been a big deal, but it just didn’t end up that way.”
By Hannah Draa and Paige Coon, staff writers
Members of the Class of 2016 shared their ideas about what they thought school would be and how it actually turned out.
By Bailey Kozalla, staff writer
|QUESTIONS – Zachary Courson ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Watch Ned’s declassified school survival guide.”|
|2. What should they expect when they become seniors?||“Don’t make people mad.”|
|3. What is the best thing about high school?||“It gets easier. People say it gets harder but it actually gets easier.|
|QUESTIONS – Codee Harmon ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Never give up, never surrender.”|
|2. What should they expect when they become seniors?||“Lack of motivation.”|
|3. What is the best thing about high school?||“Leaving.”|
|QUESTIONS – Ashley Smith ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Live it up, your senior year flies by. Enjoy it while you’re here.”|
|2. What should they expect when they become seniors?||“You might lose some friends along the way. Don’t be afraid to go your separate ways. The workload is a lot easier too.”|
|3. What is the best thing about high school?||“The relationships you make with the teachers, students, and the memories you make.”|
|QUESTIONS – Brittney Barr ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Don’t wish your life away.”|
|2. What should they expect when they become seniors?||“It goes by really quick in a blink of an eye.”|
|3. What is the best thing about high school?||“You get more freedom.”|
|7th Graders||7th Graders|
|QUESTIONS – Riley Krasa ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Say goodbye to the younger kids.”|
|2. If you could ask them one thing about high school, what would it be?||“How hard are the classes, and just learning in general in high school.”|
|3. What are you most excited about for high school?||“Making new friends. I like making friends.”|
|7th Graders||7th Graders|
|QUESTIONS – Amber Costello ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Do good in college and get a good job.”|
|2. If you could ask them one thing about high school, what would it be?||“What do you do for senior projects?”|
|3. What are you most excited about for high school?||Having more options for electives instead of just core classes.”|
|7th Graders||7th Graders|
|QUESTIONS – Ripley Kindervater ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Get a smart job that pays a lot of money.”|
|2. If you could ask them one thing about high school, what would it be?||“Is it easier in high school?”|
|3. What are you most excited about for high school?||“Growing up.”|
|7th Graders||7th Graders|
|QUESTIONS – Shea Dixon ✅||ANSWERS|
||“Work hard. Don’t do drugs and don’t drink and drive.”|
|2. If you could ask them one thing about high school, what would it be?||“How hard are the tests and how much do you need to study?”|
|3. What are you most excited about for high school?||“Choosing my own schedule for high school.”|
By Hannah Draa, staff writer
“God bless you. Keep doing what you’re doing,” said soon to be retired Spanish teacher Janyce Brawn. After teaching off and on from 1978, Senora is looking forward to taking a break. “I need a vacation. I’m looking forward to doing something very different,” she said. Senora has always enjoyed working with kids which is what helped her decide what to do for a profession. However, Senora Brawn didn’t always want to be a Spanish teacher. “I enjoyed working with kids, and originally I thought I’d be teaching art because I enjoyed the creativity with it. No one in this area was hiring, and my husband worked in Erie so when I couldn’t find an art job I decided to teach English as a second language. Eventually I ended up with my degrees in Spanish and ESL program specialist certification.”
Through the years, some of Senora’s favorite memories have been experiencing the joy of watching students’ eyes light up after they finally understand something. Some of her other fondest memories, of course, have happened on the annual Spanish club trip to Pittsburgh. Senora Brawn has also had some not so fond memories in her years of teaching as well. “Well, I had my life threatened up in Erie which is why I decided to come teach at Saegertown. The woman threatened my life because she didn’t want her son in my Spanish class, and I didn’t want him either. I left school that day after being warned to watch out for this woman. I was getting a cappuccino when I saw her and her son, and I thought that if they tried anything I’d throw it at them,” said Senora.
When it comes to Senora’s fellow teachers, she has some advice. “Don’t lower your standards. Keep raising the standards for the kids. Keep doing what you’re doing, and Saegertown’s quality will stay high.” Senora also has some advice she wants the students of Saegertown to remember. “Don’t take the easy way out. Do your best and expect the best from yourself and others. You won’t be disappointed.” Senora isn’t the only one leaving SHS this year. Senora is saying goodbye right along side the Class of 2016, and she is offering her wisdom to them as well. “Whatever you do, give it your all. Pursue your dreams. Money isn’t everything.”
By Payton Brooks and Ellie Lybarger, staff writers
The graduating seniors are passing down years of memories as they begin their adult lives, but some of them also leaving something more familiar at Saegertown: their younger siblings.
“It’s comforting being able to walk through the halls and see a familiar face. It’s like having a little bit of my house at school with me,” sophomore Scout Van Cise said. Her brother Cy Van Cise will begin commuting to Fortis Institute in Erie to pursue a career in construction management after graduation.
Similarly, junior Jude Mattocks will miss the familiarity of seeing his older brother for his last year of school.
“It’s great that I get to see him 24/7. We share a lot of things, and I love being around Peter,” he said. The two have five other siblings, and have been at Saegertown for the past six years.
“I’ll miss him talking to me and playing volleyball with me,” said youngest brother, freshman Ezra Mattocks. Peter played soccer with Jude and volleyball with Ezra, but will be playing soccer at Westminster College after high school.
In the Arblaster family, senior Steve is going to have to adjust to life without his sisters.
“I’ll have to start doing a lot more work, and we won’t have any more inside jokes,” said Steve. His younger sister Stefanie will miss his humor when he heads off to Malone University for biblical theology to become a pastor. “Sometimes he gets annoying because we have like two classes together,” Stefanie said.
By Caitlin Bieganski, opinion editor