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April, 2009

Recognizing the accomplishments of worthy individuals and groups within the Mifflin County School District.

2008-2009 Recognition Pages

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SMMS TSA Students Place First in States and Qualify for Nationals
  image - 1st place SMMS TSA winners moving on to National CompetitionColton Craig and Ashleigh Williams took first place in TSA States in the Structural Challenge competition. There were 1,366 students who competed at the event, which was held in Seven Springs April 15, 2009. Among the competitions they entered was the Structural Challenge where each team of students had to design and construct a bridge following the size and specs given. The bridges were then broken to see which held the most weight. They were then judged on weight held and points were deducted for specification violations. Colton and Ashleigh’s bridge held the most weight at 192 pounds. They had no specification violations. Their first place win qualifies them for Nationals which will be held in Denver, Colorado this summer.

SMMS had other place winners including at the State competition:

  • Spencer Mumper and Chase Yetter– 3rd place in Structural Challenge
  • Levi Sunderland and Seth Brown – 5th place in Structural Challenge
  • Ashleigh Williams and Paige Laughlin – 5th place in Agriculture and Biotechnology Challenge
  • Logan Snyder – 6th place in Digital Photography
  • Ben Renninger – 6th place in Flight Challenge
  • Megan Ingram – 4th place in Prepared Speech
  • Paige Laughlin – 7th place in Technical Writing Challenge
  • Kiersten Capouillez – 5th place TSA Multimedia

Congratulations students, parents and TSA advisor, Mr. Scheffel.

Interested in learning more? The following links contain information about the TSA program. Please see our disclaimer about Third-party links.

SMMS Teacher Recognized as State-level Keystone Technology Integrator
  image - SMMS teacher Keystone Technology IntegratorLanielle Reese, a computer, reading and language arts educator at Strodes Mills Middle School has been recognized by the PDE as a Keystone Technology Integrator (KTI). The following is taken from The PDE Keystone Integration web area "The Keystone Technology Integrator award is given in recognition of being a 21st Century teacher who uses technology to foster student curiosity and creativity to engage students in meaningful problem-solving activities."

Technology Support and Integration (TSI) is another part of Mrs. Reese's instructional day. She uses the available time to  help teachers integrate technology into their classes. Mrs. Reese will research, set up templates for their students fill in, then go to the lab with the teacher and class. She assists students with the use of school cameras, scanners, projectors, designing PowerPoint presentations and web pages that enhance what they are doing in the regular classroom. In short - anytime an educator at SMMS wants to use technology in their classroom and doesn't know how, doesn't have time, or doesn't know where to start, they sign up for a TSI period and Mrs. Reese will provide the assistance.

As a state-level Keystone, Mrs. Reese has been invited to participate in a five-day Technology Integrator Summit where she will be exposed to strategies, skills and people with which to collaborate and share ideas.

The PDE Keystone Integration web area describes a Technology Integrator as "a classroom teacher who fully utilizes the many benefits technology offers to improve instructional practices across his/her content areas. In doing this, the teacher does not focus on the technology itself; rather, s/he focuses on student learning and uses technology as a tool to support this end." Congratulations Mrs. Reese.

Additional Information about The Keystones: Technology Integrator:

Nick Myers Among Honorees at Central PA College Football Hall of Fame Chapter Banquet
image - Nick Myers, Central PA College Football Hall of FameNick Myers, a running and defensive back from Indian Valley High School, was among 39 high school football seniors from Central Pennsylvania honored for their athletics, academics a community service at the12th anniversary annual Student-Athlete Scholarship Banquet sponsored by the Central Pennsylvania chapter of the Nation Football Foundation and college Football Hall of Fame on April 5, 2009.

Since initiating the awards banquet in 1997-98, the Central Pennsylvania chapter has given a total of $117,000 to deserving student-athletes from certain high schools located in the following area counties: Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Cameron, Center, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lycoming and Mifflin counties.

A crowd of some 330 helped pay tribute to the 39 senior student-athletes. the features speaker, Al Golden, head football coach at Temple and one-time captain at Penn State, told the student-athletes that their futures will depend on "attitude, decision making, and partnerships." He said, "Your attitude hasn't been challenged as it is going to be in the next 50 years. Take your talent and stretch it. There are not excuses."

William Gehrett, an offensive lineman from Lewistown Area High School, was also honored at the banquet.

Congratulation to both young men, their families, teams and coaches.

IVMS Selects March True Warriors
  The IVMS True Warrior Award is a student recognition program that acknowledges students for good effort, attitude and ethics (True Warriors don't have to be straight A students but are students that try hard, are well behaved and pleasant to have in class.) The top two vote recipients per team will be awarded. Images of the March True Warriors are available from the IVMS web site

IVHS Students Successful at Central PA Semi Final EconomicsPA Economics Challenge
image - EconomicsPennsylvaniaOn Thursday, March 26, 2009 fifteen Indian Valley High school Economic students traveled to Northumberland, PA to compete in the EconomicsPennsylvania Economics Challenge. These students competed with thirty-five other teams for the privilege of attending the state competition. Students competed in micro economics, macro economics, and international economics. Although none of the teams made the state competition, the team of Jared Vento, Chris Arnold, Joshua Maben and Glenn Brown placed seventh out of the thirty-five teams. Additionally, Glenn Brown had the highest score out of 131 students in Macro Economics and Christopher Arnold earned the third highest score out of 131 students in Micro Economics.

IVHS Top 4 Record: 15 kids total
Micro: Chris Arnold, Drew Picketts, Kelly Barner, Chris Bright
Macro: Glenn Brown, Chris Arnold, Chris Bright, Jared Vento

Congratulations to the students, their families and their advisor, Mrs. Dawn Renninger.

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