Monday, May 13, 2013
Library officials hosted a well-attended event at the South Hills Country Club.
Whitehall Public Library officials celebrated the 50th anniversary of the opening of their award-winning library with an event at the South Hills Country Club this past week. The event welcomed 168 attendees, including U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy, state Sen. Matthew H. Smith and state Rep. Erin Molchany, each of whom has a constituency that includes Whitehall Borough. The event also marked the unveiling of the Friends of the Whitehall Public Library's Library Quilt, which was made possible by donations from library patrons who gave money to have the titles of favorite books stitched to the quilt. Baldwin High School's performance of "Hairspray" has been nominated for a local Gene Kelly award this year for Best Musical, and Baldwin students …
The school has an opportunity to defend its Best Musical title.
Baldwin High School has an opportunity to defend the Gene Kelly Awards' Best Musical title, earning six nominations in 13 possible Kelly categories this year, including that one as well as Best Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Maggie Brooks, who impressed as "Tracy Turnblad" in "Hairspray," is Baldwin's shot at Best Actress. Brooks was a nominee in the same category in 2011 but did not come away with the hardware. Brooks was also nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award in 2012, helping Baldwin earn the Best Musical award that year. Meanwhile, Greg Arcuri is Baldwin's hope for Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for, oddly enough, his gender-bending portrayal of Tracy's mother "Edna Turnblad." The other acting nomination for Baldwin …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Do you know where to get decorations with your school's colors? Specialty cakes? Signs for the yard?
Graduation season is quickly approaching, and parents of high school seniors are already planning special parties to celebrate. Local bakeries, party stores and other businesses offer school-color cakes, signs announcing the graduation, balloons and sometimes novelties, such as a multi-serving sandwich baked into the shape of the school mascot. Eat'n Park has gotten into the act via SmileyCookie.com. The restaurant chain's famous sugar cookies can be ordered online decked out in Baldwin-Whitehall Highlanders colors. So, tell us in the comments box below: Where have you found specialty graduation food or party supplies for your Highlander? Or, if you have an idea to help make another parent's planning a bit easier, share your tips here…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Picnic will be June 15.
It's almost that time again! Tickets for this summer's Baldwin-Whitehall Kennywood picnic go on sale at B-W School District schools on Thursday, May 9. The picnic itself is on Saturday, June 15. Those interested in buying tickets must come to any of the B-W schools at the appropriate time listed below with $24 per ticket (cash or money order ONLY): There is no limit on quantities purchased. Visitors to each school must come to the main office entrances only and follow all visitor procedures in place. --- Sign up for the (free) daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter. Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
First day back from summer vacation will be Aug. 26.
A school board-approved 2013-14 Baldwin-Whitehall School District calendar has been published on the district website. It is also available in this article's media gallery above. The calendar shows a back-to-school date of Monday, Aug. 26, and a last-day-of-school date of Friday, June 6 (half day). Baldwin High School graduation, however, is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3. All told, the calendar has 182 days of instruction for students. Teachers, however, have 193 working days on the calendar. Thanksgiving break will last from Wednsday, Nov. 27 (half-day), through Monday, Dec. 2. Winter break will last from Monday, Dec. 23, through Wednesday, Jan. 1. And spring break will last from Thursday, April 17, through Monday, April 21. Despite a …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
The esteemed regional track & field meet was held on Friday.
Baldwin High School hosted the 40th annual Baldwin Invitational on Friday, canceling classes to welcome thousands of athletes, coaches and fans from around the Pittsburgh region. The esteemed track & field meet—sponsored this year by Elite Runners and Walkers and Brooks Sports—is annually considered to be one of the best high school track & field meets in the state. Included in this article's media gallery are the full results of the meet (PDF below the photos). An estimated 80 schools participated. --- Sign up for the (free) daily Baldwin-Whitehall newsletter. Follow the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch on Facebook and Twitter.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Varsity, freshmen and middle-school coaches' names are published.
The names on the Baldwin High School and J.E. Harrison Middle School football coaching staffs for 2013 have been published on the teams' website, and there are some new names to go with some familiar ones. While he's not new to the program, Peter Wagner Jr. steps into a new role in 2013 as the program's head coach. Wagner was an assistant football coach for Baldwin High's varsity squad for the past four seasons, including the previous two as the team's offensive coordinator. The rest of the program's coaching staff—from the middle-school level on up—is as follows: BALDWIN HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY (10TH-12TH GRADES) Offense Ralph DelSardo - Offensive Coordinator; Quarterbacks Ryan Buzzelli - Offensive Line Chris Reilsono - Running Backs John …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Baldwin track & field athlete had a little help from his friends.
He may not have had to go to such great lengths, but after he did, it was sure hard for her to say no. Going great lengths is nothing new for Jared Mott, though, or for his future prom date, for that matter. Both are distance runners on the Baldwin High School track & field team. And now both are headed to Baldwin's 2013 Junior Prom—together. With a little (more like a lot) of help from his teammates, Mott, an 11th-grader, asked 10th-grader Stephanie Bott to the prom during track practice on Thursday at Baldwin Stadium. Their teammates—boys and girls—spelled out the word "Prom?" on the stadium turf for an unaware Bott to see while Mott took her to the top of the stadium bleachers. Assistant Coach Jacqueline Rodgers witnessed the event and …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The event will run from 2:30 p.m. on April 26 through 8 the next morning.
How many teenagers would stay up all night to read a 3,000-year-old, 400-page poem? At Baldwin High School, the answer might be more than you think. About 70 freshmen in the high school's Honors English 9 course have signed up to stay awake all night this Friday and read the "Odyssey," an epic Greek poem attributed to the author Homer. "The event is not mandatory, and there is no extra credit," said Keith Harrison, a teacher of the course. "All students, whether they attend the all-nighter or read the book on their own over the next month, have to take the same quizzes and unit exam." The event will run from 2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, through 8 the next morning in a Baldwin High large-group instruction room. Student teams will tackle …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
But new county assessments mean that some property owners could end up paying more.
The Baldwin-Whitehall School Board has not raised the millage rate for the B-W School District since the 2006-07 school year, and that trend is all but certain to continue for 2013-14. Mark R. Cherpak, business manager for the district, presented a preliminary budget to school board members during their most recent meeting, and Cherpak's budget shows a proposed rate of 19.21 mills for next school year—down from 23.40 in both 2011-12 and 2012-13. However, due to a recent countywide real estate reassessment that has raised the value of most Baldwin-Whitehall properties, some property owners may end up paying more in local real estate tax than they did last year. [A 19.21 rate equates to $1,921 per year for anyone with a property valued at $…