New superintendent outlines plans for PENNCREST

by Kassie Boyd and Braeden Kantz, news editor and sports editor 

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Dr. Timothy Glasspool

On Monday June 4, Dr. Timothy Glasspool was announced as the new PENNCREST superintendent, replacing Mr. Brad Whitman, who filled the position since mid April of 2018. Glasspool, a former superintendent of Plum Borough School District, was chosen by a committee assembled by the IU-5.

Dr. Glasspool attended Gannon University, then went on to receive his masters at Carnegie Mellon in 2003. He then earned his doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 2006. He served at New Kensington-Arnold and Burrell school district, before becoming superintendent of Plum Borough in January 2012.

During a recent interview, Dr. Glasspool shared four areas of focus for PENNCREST: curriculum, communication with stakeholders, school safety, and fiscal stability. He also aims to boost the district’s Future Ready PA Index profile by altering the curriculum and instruction that affect standardized test scores.

School safety is another matter that Dr. Glasspool intends to tackle during his tenure at PENNCREST. He advocates for active shooter preparation (ALICE training) that would better prepare students and staff in the event of a threat. Dr. Glasspool addressed the issue of firearms in school buildings by acknowledging the potential ramifications. “As soon as a firearm is brought into a school, it is a potential weapon for someone to use,” Dr. Glasspool said. “The person armed must know how to use and defend that weapon and must be mentally and physically stable.” He intends to work closely with law enforcement to improve security.

Former superintendent Mr. Whitman was closely involved in the search for the new superintendent through his work at the IU-5. He cites Dr. Glasspool’s leadership style and personable nature as what set him apart. Mr. Whitman will remain at PENNCREST for the next week or two to help Dr. Glasspool transition into the position. “The district is in good hands,” Mr. Whitman said. “It will continue to move forward in a positive direction. The beginning of next school year will be very exciting.”

During his time at PENNCREST, Dr. Glasspool vows to listen, remain visible, and share and exchange thoughts with the community. He plans to add opportunities for students and to work with the board and community as a cohesive unit. “There is not a one size fits all for education,” Dr. Glasspool said. “I believe that the best place to educate a student is in a public school.”

Saegertown welcomes 2018-19 student council officers

By Hillary Twiford, news editor

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Payton Brooks

The 2017-18 student council members are wrapping up their duties and saying goodbye to Saegertown High School. While they will be remembered for organizing many events, it is time for the 2018-19 seniors to take over the helm. “It has been an honor to serve the Saegertown community this year,” outgoing president Payton Brooks said.

In the fall, Saegertown welcomes Mikayla Balog as student council president, Braeden Kantz as vice president, Sheena Byham as secretary, Carlie Schlosser as treasurer, Kassie Boyd as public relations officer, and Gabe DeYoung as historian.

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Mikayla Balog

“I have ideas to help improve the school,” Balog said. “I think I could make a positive change.” Her ideas include ways to boost school spirit and build a positive environment.

This year, the process of electing new members to student council was different. Normally, candidates create different parties and deliver speeches to the student body. Afterward, the student body votes to decide which students will represent them the following school year. However, this year only one group of students ran, resulting in them being named to the positions. Despite the unusual process, the new officers are ready to hit the ground running next year.

 

Ms. Tracy Lobins sees success in her first year

By Jake Reisinger, staff writer

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Ms. Tracy Lobins has completed her first year at Saegertown.

Junior high science teacher Tracy Lobins arrived in late October for her first year at Saegertown. In previous years this position was held by Mr. George Nahay, and the position was filled temporarily by Ms. Alicia Weiss at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.

Ms. Lobins felt that her first year went well. “The kids got to know me, which was nice,” Lobins said. “It was great. The staff is super friendly.”

The events Saegertown had to offer also pleased her. “The building had many fun events like the ice cream social, and the field day for Junior High Students.” While she enjoyed those events, her favorite one from the school year was the lip sync contest in December. “It was fun seeing all the kids join in and dance.” Most will remember that Lobins participated in the amazing junior high teacher lip sync to “YMCA” by the Village people. 

Ms. Lobins plans to get married to Jake Moore in October 2018. Her wedding will take place at a YMCA Camp named Camp Coffman. One of her best friends who also happens to teach at Saegertown, Ms. Kara Bechtel, will be married over this summer as well. “I’m excited for Ms. Bechtel and me both getting married this year,” Lobins said. 

Ms. Lobins did find a few differences from her old school compared to Saegertown. “There is a lot more school spirit here, and it seems that the kids like to be here.” Overall, she has enjoyed her first year at Saegertown. “It was a successful year for me, everything went well.”

Saegertown students compete in Tae Kwon Do tournament

by Morgan Radwick, staff writer

Two of Saegertown’s talented students, Renee Allen and Mykenzie Connally, competed in a Tae Kwon Do tournament on Saturday, May 19 at Northwestern High School. Both took away multiple awards from the tournament, with Allen winning two first places in self defense and kata, two second places in fighting and weapon kata, and Connally winning two first places in fighting and weapon, and two second places in kata and self defense.

Allen and Connally both participate in Tae Kwon Do classes at Humes Martial Arts in Waterford. Classes are held twice a week in preparation for the competitive tournaments. As for the experience, both say it is very positive. “It’s given me discipline and acting skills.” Connally said.

Despite all the stress the day of the tournaments, the participants still have fun no matter what; but when they win first place, the day gets even better. “It feels like a bunch of butterflies leave your stomach when you win first place because its like all your hard work paid off,” Allen said.