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.”

Firehouse Tap & Grille rekindles former Mickey’s Central Fire Station

by Nick Archacki, staff writer

20180520_183348For twenty one years, Mickey’s Central Fire Station was a mainstay in the Meadville community as owners Dave and Cynthia Stone transformed a former firehouse into a fantastic restaurant and bar to reunite with friends or watch your favorite sports teams play against their rivals. However, supervising the restaurant became a very difficult task to handle for both Cynthia and Dave, coming to the conclusion that their business needed a helping hand.


Therefore in 2015, Miller Brothers Staffing Solution, a family company that aids businesses, bought Mickey’s from the Stones in a six individual split-purchase. The Miller Brothers transformed the building into a whole new atmosphere with incredible renovations, (downstairs to upstairs), new food items, employees, cooking items and changing the name of the restaurant from Mickey’s Central Fire Station to the Firehouse Tap & Grille.

Ever since I was a little kid, I went to Mickey’s frequently with my parents as my aunt and uncle, Dave and Cynthia Stone, owned the well-known restaurant. Thus, I evolved with the establishment much like my aunt and uncle had and experience the amazing food, renovations, and comradery over my past sixteen years.

Recently I visited the restaurant with my family to hopefully have another delicious meal and the Firehouse chefs, once again, didn’t disappoint. The restaurant waitresses were very accommodating, refilling your drinks in an instant, checking your table to make sure your party was assisted, and offered very kind attitudes to all of their customers that walked through the doors.

To test the Firehouse’s wide range of food items, I tried an item on their menu that I had never eaten at the restaurant, but is undoubtedly one of my favorite entrees, BBQ Ribs. Honestly, I was pleasantly surprised with how good their BBQ ribs were and how good their sauce was on it, my first few bites were unlike any flavor I’ve had before when I’ve had ribs. Additionally, the side of fries and rice pilaf to add to my meal are always great options to add to a meal as the Firehouse’s fries are some of the best I’ve ever had before.

If you are or aren’t a fan of eating meat, you are not limited to just choosing those types of options at the Firehouse as you can check out their menu at www.firehousetapandgrille.net. The Firehouse Tap & Grille is another great place to spend an evening with family, meet up with friends, or watch your favorite sports teams play on the field. The Firehouse Tap & Grille is a restaurant to definitely “hook and ladder” on your personal favorites list.

Spanish students celebrate Hispanic culture

by Hannah Nicholson, opinion editor and Hillary Twiford, news editor

Throughout the school year, Spanish students worked on projects commemorating the 21 Spanish speaking countries. Each nine weeks, a set of projects was assigned. The finished products will be compiled into booths for the Hispanic fair, which takes place the morning of June 1 in the gymnasium.

“It is important for students to be culturally aware,” said Spanish teacher Mrs. Nova Dinsmore. Dinsmore assigned this project as a culminating activity to wrap up and tie together the all of the projects the students completed all year.

While the projects required a lot of time, students feel positively about the project. “It is important for other kids so they can learn about Spanish speaking countries,” senior Madison Stevens said. “And I liked the craft we had to do. I restored a pan flute and painted it.”

Each booth features a different hispanic country alongside multiple projects, including a facts poster, map, country flag, travel brochure, article of clothing, craft, recipe book, and a sample of an authentic food. The students were given lots of freedom with the projects, which created a wide range of results. Maps are made from many different materials and the clothing, crafts, and food vary from group to group. The final projects display the diversity of Spanish speaking countries and shine a light on cultures that may be unfamiliar to Saegertown students.

Students from the elementary school will check out the booths and complete a scavenger hunt. Teachers in the high school are also welcome to bring their classes to the fair. Everyone who completes the search has a chance to win a prize, so make sure to check it out.

 

May 31 is Arts and Academics Night: Join us!

by Kaitlyn Kozalla, staff writer

As the year is winding down, the abundance of yearly accomplishments for musically and artistically inclined students will be showcased at the annual ‘Arts and Academics’ night. This event will be held on Thursday, May 31 and doors will open at 6 p.m.

Every year, this event showcases the work of students in 7-12 grade, and top works in each category will be placed first, second or third. Senior high categories are graphite, charcoal, ink, painting, batik and thrown pottery. Junior high categories are grid drawings, illuminated letters, shaded still life and ceramic mugs.

The annual music concert will begin at 7 p.m. From 6 – 8 p.m., there will be a coffee and dessert bar in the cafeteria. Cost is donation, and the proceeds will benefit the marching band. There will also be displays of student work in the cafeteria, including a slide show of the seniors sharing what they are grateful for as they prepare to graduate. The concert will be live streamed to the cafeteria for any overflow from the auditorium.  

The junior high chorus will perform “This Is It” from The Bugs Bunny Show, “Step In time” from Mary Poppins, and “When I Get My Name In Lights” from The Boy From Oz. Senior high chorus songs are, “Seize The Day” from Newsies, “Journey to the Past” from Anastasia (soloist Jane Hetrick), “Singing in the Rain” from Singing in the Rain, “New York, New York” from New York, New York, and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from Carousel combined with “Climb Every Mountain” from Sound of Music (Soloist: Olivia Hoffman). Chamber singers will perform “Light in the Hallway,” “Gloria Fanfare,” and “Earth Song.” All songs are from Broadway musicals, excluding the chamber singers numbers.

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A coffee and dessert bar is being held before and during the annual arts and academics night.

The junior high band will perform “Mama Mia” from Mama Mia, “No One is Alone” from Into the Woods, “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast, and “Feed the Birds” from Mary Poppins. The senior high band will perform “Give my Regards to Broadway” from Give my Regards to Broadway, “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, “West Side Story” from West Side Story, and “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables (Soloist: Madison Morgan). Combined bands will play “My Favorite Things” from Sound of Music.

In addition to taking in all the art displays and music, ladies in attendance are encouraged to check out the newly renovated ladies restroom in the Panther Hallway. A recent beautification project is being unveiled and the artists honored.

The music program is under the direction of Mrs. Susan James, and Mrs. Heather Papinchak teaches art. The Panther Press will announce winners in the art categories via Twitter on Friday, June 1.

 

 

Local business briefs: Pharmacy open, bakery relocating

by Hannah Myers, photo editor

The new Saegertown Pharmacy is open for business.  Their hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. “I think having a pharmacy in Saegertown is a great idea,” said senior Emily Fry. “It’s very convenient.”

In addition to prescription refills, the store carries many other items including bandages, vitamins, and ice packs. Owner Robert Sweeney shared that as the store builds a client base, more items will be available.  

A grand opening will be held on July 6 with games and face painting for the kids as well as hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be  many giveaways and a few larger items including four bikes, two child and two adult, and a TV. Froggy radio will be broadcasting from 4-6 p.m. and all are welcome.  

29778While the pharmacy is open, another Saegertown business is closing. Kristen’s Kookies has moved to Meadville to merge with Confections of a Cake Lover on Market Street.

“The move to Meadville has gone fairly smooth, a few bumps along the way but good for the most part,” said Kristen Boyles, the owner. According to Boyles, the location in Saegertown wasn’t working out for Kristin’s Kookies as most of her customers came in from other towns.

“I am still in business, just in a different location,” Boyles said. They are set for their ribbon cutting today, May 24.

Stone sisters’ Planet Hope provides shoes for Saegertown students

by Scout Van Cise and Hunter Trzeciak, editor-in-chief and features editor

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Kelly Stone of Planet Hope assists eighth grader Jazlen Miller with her new shoes.

For the past 26 years, Planet Hope, a philanthropic organization co-founded by Saegertown graduates Sharon and Kelly Stone, has been giving back to children all over the United States. The organization helps students in many ways such as providing prom dresses and sleeping bags, and funding medical and dental clinics for women and children. In addition, the group has distributed 400,000 toys to underprivileged children through Hope for the Holidays.

On May 23, Kelly Stone visited Saegertown Jr. Sr. High School with a special purpose. Through Planet Hope, Stone and her brother Patrick and his wife Tasha, and their children Hunter and Kaylee, her best friend Robin Davis, and Planet Hope employee Merrik Dragon donated and sized a pair of tennis shoes for every student who was interested. “It’s a huge thing in your life to be able to come back and do something in your hometown, and to come with people you love and your family,” K. Stone said.

Principal Tom Baker was pleased with the outcome. “We are very grateful that [the Stone sisters] are giving back to the community and school that they graduated from,” Mr. Baker said.

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Planet Hope donated a total of 229 pairs of shoes to the students at Saegertown with the help of secretary Debbie Chaney. “I really truly think it was a success. The kids were happy. I just thought it was great,” Mrs. Chaney said.

Eighth grader Kyarra Reist was ecstatic about her new sneakers. “That was very nice of them,” Reist said. “There are some kids that don’t have enough money to get new shoes.”

While S. Stone was unable to attend the event, she tweeted a photo of K. Stone with the shoes prior to her visit to Saegertown High School along with a caption about Planet Hope. For more information about this organization, visit planethope.org or follow on twitter @planethope4kids.  

Teachers’ hidden talents: Motocross has opened doors for Mr. Nahay

by Erik Murphy, website editor

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Saegertown technology teacher George Nahay

Mr. George Nahay has been racing motocross for years. The Saegertown technology education teacher has been riding dirt bikes since age 10 and racing since age 15 at local venues including the TV Land MX track in Pierpont, Ohio and the Maple Shade MX track in Sugar Grove, Pa.

“As a kid, I used to imagine myself riding alongside the school bus on a dirt bike,” Nahay said as he explained his inspiration for picking up the sport. His father responded to his vision by purchasing Nahay his first dirt bike.

He has a significant background in motocross and technology education as a whole. When he lived in North Carolina, he helped operate the Wide Open Motocross Park which was open to the public every Saturday and Sunday. Nahay was responsible for building the jumps on the track, grooming the track, and driving a 2,000-gallon water truck. This experience opened several doors.

One of his friends started a tactical driving company called American Offroad, which specializes in teaching offensive and defensive driving skills for combat situations, mainly to military groups. Nahay worked with them for a fair bit of time before moving to Pennsylvania, and he still visits annually.

 

He even thought about taking a permanent job in the field. “I considered teaching at a motocross training facility in South Carolina (Club MX) for riders aspiring to be professional racers. These riders are from all over the country and range in age from 12-18. During the day they train as professional athletes. In the evenings they take online classes on their own often without parents or teachers to guide them.  I worked with some of the kids individually as a tutor, but decided not to quit my job to teach there full time,” Nahay said.

Nahay continues to race during summer breaks, and he still enjoys the benefits of all his motocross experiences. He shared that he found his passion for working in technology education by fixing parts on dirt bikes.