Presidential Wax Museum puts students in shoes of past presidents
To celebrate President Day Week in February, a Port Matilda Elementary School third-grade class did something that put students in the shoes of past presidents - they held the Presidential Wax Museum that allowed students to research a president, and then dress up like that president and hold a short presentation. Open to families and community members, students lined the hallways without moving. Their presidential characters were activated when someone tapped their hand leading them to spout off information about the president they represented. The Presidential Wax Museum was started about 12 years go with former third-grade teacher Carrie Sharkey who retired last year. It’s now been taken over by current third-grade teacher Sarah Stere. Sharkey, however, still comes back to volunteer.
Trout in the Classroom project
Christy Gugliocciello’s fourth-grade class at Mountaintop Area Elementary School is participating in a project this school year for the first time ever that’s getting the students acquainted with fish native to Pennsylvania. Through the Trout in the Classroom initiative, the class received about 200 viable brook trout eggs and a custom fish tank in November from the Spring Creek Chapter of Trout Unlimited. The mission is to create a classroom environment for students to raise the trout that are expected to get about the size of an adult human finger. In the spring, Gugliocciello and her students will head to Bald Eagle Creek in Milesburg to release the fish. Gugliocciello said the project is separate from class curriculum, but allows students during class to take care of the fish by feeding them, and making sure the water is at healthy levels and temperatures. The Trout in the Classroom initiative was made possible through a partnership with the state Fish and Boat Commission and Council of Trout Unlimited.
Howard Elementary wins Reading Super Bowl, celebrates by sliming principal
Howard Elementary School was the winner of this year’s BEA Reading Super Bowl edging out Mountaintop Area that claimed the title last year. The event, in its 12th year, is a friendly reading competition among the four elementary schools in the Bald Eagle Area School District. Students from Howard read 5,136,160 words during the competition, Principal Skip Pighetti said. To celebrate the win, students attended a trophy presentation ceremony, participated in the Howard Olympics and had the chance to slime the principal using a homemade concoction from flower and water and green dye.
BEA hosted state agriculture showcase
Bald Eagle Area High School was host to this year’s state agriculture showcase Feb. 21 that featured the school’s agriculture program. It was a way to celebrate National FFA Week, and included an appearance by state Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding who said he was “impressed” with what BEA had to offer. The event began with a student-produced lunch, followed by a series of guest speakers, and then tour of the high school’s agriculture program that also includes state inspected and approved chicken and rabbit processing. Ag teacher Jade Thompson even allowed his students to show Redding how to use the portable sawmill. This day was made possible by the ag program and the state Association of Agriculture Educators who approached ag teacher Todd Biddle about hosting this year’s event at BEA. The Bald Eagle Area chapter of FFA is one of 12 chapters in the commonwealth ranked nationally. Last year, the team was ranked No. 8 in Pennsylvania.
Choir competition hosted at BEA
Eleven Bald Eagle Area students were part of the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 4 Chorus Festival held Jan. 25-27 at Bald Eagle Area High School. Choir Director Ryan Wade said districts were part of a statewide initiative that promotes music education in schools through different avenues, including a festival system. There were 12 districts in the commonwealth hosting similar events. BEA was part of District 4, which included more than 180 students from 25 high school from Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata and Mifflin counties who participated in the fest.
Jay Paterno visits Howard Elementary
Howard Elementary School had a guest reader Feb. 27 - Jay Paterno, former Penn State football quarterback coach, current author and son of the late Penn State head football Coach Joe Paterno. He stopped by the school in the afternoon to help students celebrate national Read Across America week - time celebrated during the week of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, March 2, to promote literacy. “Reading can take you anywhere,” Paterno told the kindergarten to fifth-grade students before he began to read in the school’s library. He then took the time to read what he called his favorite Dr. Seuss book, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”