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Forest Hills Fall Newsletter 2018 1

Forest Hills Fall Newsletter 2018 1

Forest Hills

Ranger Review

No 1

Fall 2018-2019

Thanks for the Memories

Twenty years ago, I sat in a chair in the Forest Hills School District board room inter-
viewing for the High School Principal position. It had always been a dream that I would
work in the Forest Hills School District—a dream built upon my experience with the ded-
icated staff and students I worked with during my 18 year tenure at the Greater John-
stown Career and Technology Center, and upon the close family and friends living in the
District who raved about the pride and tradition of excellence they felt and experienced
at Forest Hills. That evening I received a phone call from Mr. Donald Bailey stating that I
had not been selected as the candidate for the vacant Principal position, but rather,
was being offered the vacant Assistant Principal position. Without hesitation, I accepted the offer from
our District and rejected the High School Principal position offer that I had already received from anoth-
er school district. I have never once regretted my decision.

After my family, commitment and dedication to this District has always been my number one priority. In
fact, I have maintained in every single speech, on every occasion, and to every audience, that the many
nights and weekends I have spent away from my own family was time well spent because the people in
this District are my professional family and this is my home away from home. I have been fortunate—no,
privileged– to have had the opportunity and pleasure to serve the Forest Hills School District as the High
School Assistant Principal, High School Principal, Director of Education, and Superintendent for almost
two decades.

My family and I have enjoyed being a part of the Forest Hills community and are most grateful to the peo-
ple for welcoming us into the Forest Hills family for the past 20 years. Time passes by so quickly.

My retirement on December 28, 2018, will culminate almost 38 years in Pennsylvania’s public education
system, with the last almost 8 years, as your Superintendent. Any success that others may attach to my
leadership in Forest Hills can be accredited to a supportive School Board and a tremendously capable
group of educators and support staff. I have shared often with my colleagues throughout Pennsylvania
the positive relationship I have had with "my" School Board and how well we have worked together to
improve educational opportunities for our children. In today's political environment, that is not always
the case.

The past eight years have provided many opportunities for the School Board and staff to excel during
difficult times. All of us in this District should be proud of our work in the construction of the new a state-
of-the-art $50 million Junior-Senior High School. We should be proud that we are able to dedicate $20
million towards the construction project thus avoiding raising taxes for the 24th consecutive year. I am
not aware of any other school district in the state of Pennsylvania that can make this claim. More im-
portantly, as I stated in this year’s graduation speech, my greatest accomplishment is being proud of the

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Each year, since the fall of 2011 when I first became superintendent of the Forest Hills
School District, I have utilized the fall newsletter as a vehicle to send a special message
to our community and staff. Again, I would like to express my sincere appreciation and
thanks to everyone in the District who has been instrumental in making my previous
years as a superintendent a rewarding and positive experience. In addition, I take this
opportunity to wish community members a hope that the 2018-2019 school year brings
everyone a wealth of joy and prosperity.

As always, there were numerous distinctions accomplished by the District in the 2017-
2018 school year of which the entire community can be proud. We are also excited to announce a few of
the new initiatives for the upcoming 2018-2019 school year.

The Forest Hills High School was recognized as a bronze medal school by US News and World Report in
2018. This is the 4th time in the last five years the school has received this distinction. This year for the
first time, all seniors will be required to complete a financial literacy curriculum. Also, the High School
will be offering an AP Statistics class to students in grades 10-12. In the 2018-2019 school year, Forest
Hills Senior High School will be affiliated with and begin a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) initiative to
build the next generation of public media journalists. Forest Hills Senior High School announced its par-
ticipation in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs program. The media class will create news and
videos about our school and students daily. This is an exciting opportunity for students to become in-
volved in a program that is much larger. Mrs. Jennifer Raptosh, the media class advisor, stated that stu-
dents will report on topics bigger than Forest Hills and, with the guidance of PBS, have a national audi-
ence. Forest Hills is elated to be the first school in the area to be affiliated with PBS.

The Forest Hills Junior High School has implemented Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) which is a
standards-aligned, comprehensive school improvement framework for enhancing academic outcomes
for ALL students in mathematics. MTSS refers to the methodology that is used to determine how stu-
dents advance. The overall goal of the Math Department is to provide evidence of infrastructure develop-
ment and implementation efforts toward improved math outcomes for all students.

The Junior High is in the third year of a 3-year grant cycle of the Botvin Life Skills Training Curriculum.
After being awarded a second 3-year grant, the Junior High has been able to sustain this powerful curric-
ulum, which is designed around the needs of adolescents. The curriculum is taught throughout our regu-
lar curriculum by many of our trained teachers, and empowers our students to make healthy life choices
and decisions. We continue to stress the importance of a strong home-school connection at the Junior
High, which helps staff build relationships with families and increases regular communication for the ben-
efit of our students.

The Elementary School continued to implement numerous academic programs to enhance student learn-
ing. In the 2017-2018 school year, a new administrative team was appointed at the elementary school.
Mrs. Roberts and Dr. Dill hit the ground running, as they say, as the new Elementary Principal and Ele-
mentary Assistant Principal. Mrs. Roberts and Dr. Dill immediately began the process of evaluating and
modifying some of the existing programs and procedures in the Elementary. Some of the enhancements
include: Orientation for grade 6 students moved to the Junior High, implementation of data analysis to
improve student achievement, transition to Google, moving the Halloween Parade to the Football stadium
allowing many to see, a single Kindergarten graduation allowing all the kids to be together, Kick Up Kind-
ness initiative at the elementary level, whole school “Christmas Celebration,” welcoming and utilizing the
School Resource Officer in the classrooms, PSSA improvement, and instituting new security measures
including the visitor management system or Raptor system.

Moving into the 2018-2019 school year, Mrs. Roberts and Dr. Dill, stated that they are excited about insti-
tuting the following initiatives for the school year: A new delivery system in grades 4 & 5, Ranger Pride
Pledge initiative - Positive School Wide Behavior Plan with community involvement, implementation of a
multi-tiered system of support in the area of literacy including new literacy resources and professional



development for teachers. In addition, the District, through the special budget process, purchased seven
new Chromebook carts for student use in the Elementary School.

By implementing the various strategies and teaching practices listed above, the administration and teach-
ers hope that we will assist in increasing student achievement by embracing the mindset that all students
can learn when high expectations are ingrained in our school culture. Teachers will utilize achievement
data to evaluate, plan, and drive instruction in their classrooms. It is a primary goal of the district office
administration and building level administration to work cooperatively with the teaching staff to maximize
instructional time with quality, research-proven practices.

This year at the June 2018 board meeting, the school board approved a balanced general fund budget for
approximately $26,121,000. As a result of a balanced fund budget, taxes were not increased for the 24th
consecutive year in our District. We have successfully completed our first full year in the new Junior-Senior
High School. The District School Board and FHEA have ratified a new four-year contract once again, for the
third consecutive time, ahead of the June deadline/exploration date.

The District has also reinstituted a Professional Development Committee comprised of selected teacher
representatives and administration. This committee met three times, including one day over the summer, to
systematically evaluate and review previous and current professional development activities. After dis-
cussing the results of a survey that was taken last year, we, together, believe that there is a need to imple-
ment a new approach and focus that will be instrumental in providing, and more importantly, enhancing our
students’ academic and educational opportunities. The Committee decided that we will now focus on the
curriculum mapping initiative of all subjects Pre-K through 12th grade in our District. The District finalized a
contract with an outside provider, Eduplanet 21, who will assist in this process. It will be a systematic three
-year initiative that will focus on a scope and sequence that, once completed, will create a seamless se-
quential academic all-encompassing program that will transition students from one grade level to the next,
from the elementary school to the junior high school, and from the junior high school to the senior high
school. It will provide students a solid academic foundation in which all students will flourish.

I am pleased to announce that this summer we hired two new members to our administrative team. They
are now in leadership roles in our District and are preparing our students for the 21st century:

Mrs. Donna Carosi will be working as the new School Psychologist for the Forest Hills School District. She
is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and National Certified
Counselor. Her proudest achievement is being a mother to two wonderful daughters who attend the Forest
Hills Junior-Senior High School. Prior to her position at Forest Hills, she worked as a School Psychologist
at the Altoona Area and Greater Johnstown School Districts. Additionally, she has over twenty years’ expe-
rience working with children and their families in various roles including School Counselor, Family Based
Therapist, Student Assistance Program Mental Health Liaison, Child and Adolescent Service System Pro-
gram Coordinator, Outpatient Therapist, and School Based Therapist. She strongly believes all children
are important and can learn and be successful in school, and she is committed to helping them achieve ac-
ademically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally.

Ms. Erica LaMantia is the new Special Education Supervisor. She is a graduate of Laurel Valley High
School. She attended Westminster College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education. She pursued a Mas-
ter’s Degree at Saint Francis University in Education, and also, obtained her Special Education Superviso-
ry Certificate at Saint Francis. Her educational career began at Alternative Community Resource Pro-
gram’s Partial Hospitalization Program as a Special Education Teacher in Math and Science 6-12th Grade.
She was then hired at Windber Area School District as a Special Education Teacher, and held various spe-
cial education/gifted positions at elementary, middle, and high school levels. Ms. LaMantia coached Junior
High Girls’ Basketball and Jr. High Track and Field at Windber as well. From Windber, Ms. LaMantia took
over as the Special Education Facilitator at Greater Johnstown Career and Technology Center. Ms.
LaMantia is excited to work with the students, families, and faculty within the Forest Hills School District.



The school board and administration have subcontracted with the architectural firm of the EADS Group
to design and remodel the Elementary School Office. Our goal is that construction will begin sometime in
the first part of November. Once completed, it will create a secure mouse trap entrance in which parents
can drop off their children’s book bags, lunch money, and other items without entering our office. Staff
members will enter the building similar to our secondary staff. Staff members will be required to individu-
ally utilize a card swipe keypad located outside the main entrance. Staff members will enter into a mouse
trap area and then card swipe into the Elementary building.

I am pleased to announce that we are in the final phases of the sale of the former middle school. With this
sale, and in conjunction with the approximately $600,000 that was saved on the construction of the new
Junior Senior High School, we will now have approximately $1.1 million that can be dedicated to the reno-
vation of the District’s outdoor athletic complexes. The board has contracted with ELA Sport to assist in
designing various aspects of this project. The Board of Directors has developed an aggressive timeline to
begin the process and finalize the plans prior to December 2018. Mr. Gironda has worked diligently to
assist in this process. Once completed and the bids are submitted and approved, our District will begin
the construction process in the spring of the 2019 school year on a new track and a multipurpose athletic
field. This multipurpose field will be designed to accommodate football, soccer, and girls’ softball. It will
be an expansion of the current field in which the visitor’s bleachers will be relocated to an area between
the large shed near the Elementary School and the field. It will contain a new lighting and sound system.
When completed a multipurpose artificial turf will allow this field to be utilized almost 24-7 by our band,
our athletes, and other student organizations. The goal will be to have all construction completed for the
start of the 2019-2020 school year. The list of our achievements as a district goes on and on. I am proud
of the school board, my entire staff, the community, and students on continuing the tradition of excel-

As I prepared my final fall newsletter, it was obvious to me that each year I emphasize that the success of
our District is built upon everyone’s patience, commitment, cooperation, and working together as a team.
Every single speech that I prepare and each newsletter I create in preparation for distribution to the pub-
lic, I ask for everyone’s understanding and patience because each year the District seems to undertake a
major transition. In the fall 2011 newsletter, I asked the Forest Hills community and staff members for
their patience and cooperation as I transitioned into my first year as the Superintendent of the Forest
Hills School District.

Some reading this article are wondering why in the world I have repeated this in each of the past eight
years that I have served as the Forest Hills School District’s Superintendent. It’s because change and
transition is now the expectation in public school careers. Like it or not, public education is constantly
experiencing a paradigm shift and evolving to meet the needs of individual students. The teaching profes-
sion continues to be influenced by mandates, policies, assessments, and evaluation. It is a profession in
which the public demands certain expectations from all of us - teachers, students, and, yes, community

The good news is that we continue to be recognized throughout the state as being a tremendous school
district. Our district, the Forest Hills School District, has earned a reputation of being financially respon-
sible while maintaining academic integrity and excellence. This reputation is not the result of the work of
any one person. It wasn’t given to us. We earned it. We earned this reputation by working together and
putting the needs of our students first.

We have established a tradition of student-oriented excellence, on which we continue to build. We have a

school board that supports our work and doesn’t have personal agendas. We have a cohesive team of

administrators who work together and complement one another’s skill sets. We base our decisions on

what is right for the district. We continue to monitor and assess our curriculum to ensure that we are

providing the best student-centered education so all students acquire and apply the knowledge and skills

to succeed in an ever-changing world. (continued on page 8)


Thanks for the Memories (continued from page 1)

fact that somehow, even in some insignificant way, I was able to touch the lives of thousands of students who
have graced the halls here at Forest Hills. We should all be proud of the academic and athletic accomplish-
ments that our young men and women have achieved, and will continue to achieve, in our District.

I am optimistic, and to be honest a little nervous, about my retirement and the eventual next phase of my life.
I am also saddened about the departure from colleagues, friends, and individuals that I have come to know
and I have worked with so closely. I can retire at this time knowing that I have given my best to this school
district, its families, children, and staff. One's professional life can easily define an individual due to the time
and commitment expended. My tenure here will forever be a significant part of who I am but as someone
once told me a few years ago, “You’ll know when it is time,” and I believe it is time for me to say goodbye.

Again, thank you for the opportunity to serve and for the support that has been provided to me and my family
over the years. I wish only the best for the Forest Hills School District and look forward to spending time with
my wife Danna and my children Zach, Alaina, and Logan. It Has Been Great To Be A Ranger!

“So for now I say goodbye to this chapter of my life and I look forward to what comes next.” – Brooke Davis

Distinguished Alumni Honored

The Forest Hills Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 2018 Class of Distinguished Alumni. They
are as follows:

James R. Fleming, Ph.D.—Forest Hills Class of 1967

Jeanne Wolford McKelvey, Esq.—Adams-Summerhill Class of 1964

Jeff Reinbold—Forest Hills Class of 1986

Douglas Robinson—Forest Hills Class of 1988

The individuals chosen for this award have made significant contributions to mankind in the areas of law,
science, international business, national parks, and community service. They are ordinary people who have
accomplished extraordinary success throughout their careers.

These individuals and/or their families were honored at a school assembly on September 14, 2018, and that
evening at the football game. A banquet was held in their honor on September 15, 2018.

Dr. James Fleming – is a 1967 graduate of Forest Hills High School. He received a B.S. degree
in Astronomy from Penn State University in 1971, an M.S. in Atmospheric Science from Colora-
do State University in 1973, a M.A. in the History of Science and a Ph.D. in History in 1988, both
from Princeton University. He is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technolo-
gy, and Society (STS) at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Dr. Fleming has written five books, is a world leader in the history of meteorology, and was the
founding president of the International Commission on the History of Meteorology. He is a Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Meteorological Society,
held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian from 2005-2007, and is in de-
mand to speak around the world. Dr. Fleming’s first major publication was the 1990 book Meteorology in
America, 1800-1870. He describes the work as “a case study of complex change, cooperative institution
building, and scientific controversies in early-national, Jacksonian, and Civil War America.” In the book, he
details both the early stages of the science of meteorology, as well as the methods by which every-day peo-
ple recorded the weather and climate. Reviewer Gale E. Christianson in the American Historical Review
praised it as “an original contribution to the history of nineteenth-century science.”
From 1990 to 1996, Fleming served as the history editor for EOS: Transactions of the American Geophysi-
cal Union. He currently is the co-editor of a book series on the history of science and technology for Pal-
grave Macmillan. He has also completed a biographical work on the life of Guy Stewart Callendar, one of
the leading figures in twentieth century climate studies. His latest books include: Fixing the Sky: The


Distinguished Alumni

Checkered History of Weather and Climate Control (2010), Toxic Airs: Body, Place, Planet in Historical Per-
spective (2014), and Inventing Atmospheric Science: Bjerknes, Rossby, Wexler, and the Foundations of
Modern Meteorology (2016).

Dr. Fleming is one of the great entrepreneurs of science and technology studying in the United States. In
2015, he received the Eduard Bruckner Prize for interdisciplinary climate research and a Distinguished
Alumni Award from Colorado State University. In the field of atmospheric science, Dr. Fleming has long
been recognized as a national and international leader.

Dr. Fleming currently serves as a Charles A. Dana Professor and Director of Science, Technology, and So-
ciety at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. At Colby, he has served as the chair of Interdisciplinary Studies
where he has built a strong Science Technology Studies program that graduates excellent student’s at the
B.A. level, sending them to such programs as those at Yale and MIT.

Dr. Fleming has also served in a variety of capacities with study teams in the policy arena working on envi-
ronmental issues, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. NASA, the US Congress, the
National Academies of Science, and the Convention on Biodiversity. He is a key contributor to policy de-
bates, and the most influential of those with history credentials.

Dr. Fleming is an internationally recognized scholar, esteemed college professor, author, and leading histo-
rian of climate change. Dr. Fleming lives in China, Maine with his wife Miyoko. They have two grown sons,
Jamitto and Jason.

Jeanne Wolford McKelvey was a 1964 graduate of Adams-Summerhill High School. Esquire
McKelvey unfortunately died in 2015 after a 17 year battle with breast cancer and was honored
posthumously. Prior to her death, Esquire McKelvey made a huge impact locally, state-wide,
and nationally. Esquire McKelvey skipped her Senior year due to her academic advanced
standing. She enrolled at Pitt-Johnstown where she majored in microbiology and was accept-
ed into the University of Pittsburgh’s first class in the School of Medical Technology. She later
received her Master’s Degree in biochemistry from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and
went on to earn her Juris Doctor Degree at the Dickinson School of Law. Additionally, she studied at St. An-
drews University in Scotland and Cambridge University in England.

After receiving her law degree, Esquire McKelvey was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court
of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Florida, and the Western
District of the United States Federal Court for the Third Circuit. She was a member of the Fulton, Cambria,
and Allegheny County bar associations. In 1984, then governor of Pennsylvania, Richard Thornburg, ap-
pointed her to the Board of Medical Education and Licensure for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She was director, owner, secretary, and legal counsel of Highland Financial, Ltd, and an instructor for busi-
ness law at St. Francis University. She was owner, director, vice president, and legal counsel for McKelvey
Oil Company, Inc. She was also the owner and director of Mountaintop Technologies, Inc.

Prior to her law career, Esquire McKelvey was a medical technologist and chief technologist at Conemaugh
Valley Memorial Hospital, a chief technologist at Johnstown Regional Blood Center, an allied health training
program coordinator and assistant director for public affairs at UPJ.

Esquire McKelvey was highly engaged in her community. She was the vice-chairwoman, director, and sec-
retary of the Board for 1st Summit Bank and a member of the Hiram G. Andrews Center Special Task Force
among a myriad of past and present positions. She was a mission-qualified instrument rated pilot and a
commissioned colonel in the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). She was the first woman ever appointed as a national
coordinator of the CAP. She was on the Board and an instructor at the Johnstown Police Academy, as well
as taking classes at the War College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Esquire McKelvey’s passion other than her family, was cancer research. She was credited as one of the
initiators and early founders of the Joyce Murtha Breast Cancer Care Center for the Windber Medical Cen-
ter. She served as the treasurer of the Board of Directors and as the incorporator and trustee for Windber
Research Institute. For her support of breast cancer and research, she was honored as the 2013 recipient
of the Windber Research Institute’s Juania Oechslin Community Advocate for Breast Cancer Research
Award at the 5th annual Pink Tie Affair to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

She received numerous awards over her career including the Pitt-Johnstown Award which is reserved for
its highest honor upon all of its alumni. She was also the recipient of the Pitt-Johnstown’s Foundation for
Campus Ministry ch: Rho Award in 1987.

Esquire McKelvey is survived by her husband William McKelvey and twins Chey and Colt.


Distinguished Alumni Honored

Jeff Reinbold is a 1986 graduate of Forest Hills High School. He received his Bachelor of Sci-
ence Degree from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown in 1990 with a major in Geography
and a Master’s Degree from the Ohio State University in 1992 in City and Regional Planning
with a minor in Public Policy. He was a Cum Laude Divisional Scholar while at UPJ and a Cum
Laude graduate at Ohio State.

While in college, a guest lecture from a National Park Service superintendent and a chance
conversation led to a summer seasonal ranger position at the Johnstown Flood National Me-
morial and eventually an almost 30-year career with the National Park Service.

In 1991, Jeff moved to the agency’s central planning, design, and construction office in Denver, Colorado,
where he worked on long-range planning projects at national parks. These included projects back in Penn-
sylvania as the agency, the Commonwealth and local communities came together in an innovative partner-
ship to preserve and tell the story of southwestern Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage.

In 1994, Jeff moved to Virginia to take on several projects in the mid-Atlantic, in particular, a proposal from
Disney to create a history-based theme park near Manassas National Battlefield Park. He stayed on the
East Coast to work on projects around Washington, DC and a new initiative to protect Civil War battlefields
in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. He had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas from Revolutionary
War history at Valley Forge and at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, to protecting scenic vistas along the
Blue Ridge Parkway, to exploring the role of National Park sites in urban areas such as Chicago and New
York City. He was also the co-creator of a specialized National Park Service group that helped parks and
their gateway communities better work together.

A little over a year after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Jeff moved back to Pennsylvania to
oversee the planning and design of the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville. He was responsible
for bringing together family members, area residents, and the public at large to participate in the planning
and design of this new national memorial. Jeff oversaw the international design competition, which drew
over a thousand entries from around the world, and the development of recommendations to Congress for
the formal creation and long-term management of the Memorial. The process produced a unique design
that responded to the public’s desire for the Memorial to be respectful of the rural Pennsylvania setting. A
hallmark of the selected design is how it incorporates the rural landscape into a visitor’s experience to cre-
ate a compelling tribute to the passengers and crew of Flight 93 who thwarted the terrorist attack on the
nation’s capital.

Jeff was also active in the National Park Foundation’s effort to raise over $45 million in private funds to con-
struct the Memorial. The campaign included large-donations, but also a passionate grassroots response
that produced a kind-of “modern day barn raising” to build the Memorial. Jeff also led the effort to develop
the visitor center exhibits, taking on the challenge of telling the story of Flight 93 and that day not just to
those who lived through the attacks, but also to the generations to come. This work included a collabora-
tion with the University of Pittsburgh and the Fred Rogers Center to provide parents, teachers, and Nation-
al Park Service staff with tools to understand children’s needs and responses when exposed to tragic
events. Jeff stayed on as the Superintendent of the Flight 93 National Memorial and the four other National
Park sites in western Pennsylvania until 2015.

From 2015 to the present, Jeff has served as an Assistant Director at the National Park Service headquar-
ters in Washington, D.C. He heads the Partnerships and Civic Engagement Directorate that participates in
partnerships across the nation and administers some of the agency’s key community assistance programs.
His office oversees the work of the National Park Foundation and the more than 200 local partner organiza-
tions who generate volunteer support and donate more than $250 million annually to help address pressing
park needs and keep these special places vibrant and accessible to all.

Jeff currently lives in Ashburn, Virginia with his wife Jackie and sons Joseph and Jack.

Douglas Robinson is a 1988 graduate of Forest Hills High School where he was the valedic-
torian with a 4.0 GPA and earned six varsity letters in three sports (baseball, football and
wrestling). He is a 1992 graduate of the prestigious University of Notre Dame with a Bache-
lor of Business Administration degree with a specialization in Accounting.

While at Notre Dame, he served as a manager of the 1988 National Championship football
team under Coach Lou Holtz and was the Head Manager of the 1992 Notre Dame Hockey
team. For his efforts, Doug earned a Monogram Club varsity letter and continues to be a
member of the Notre Dame Monogram Club to this day.


Distinguished Alumni Honored

In 1992, after graduating from Notre Dame, he began his career at the “Big 4” accounting firm of KPMG in
Washington, DC and shortly thereafter became a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He had a successful
career at KPMG where he last served as an Assurance Senior Manager in KPMG’s Information Communi-
cations and Entertainment practice, with a specialty in auditing government contractor and software com-

After working his way through the ranks at KPMG and spending three years in Finance roles at technology
companies, he was hired as the first inspector in the Division of Registration and Inspections for the newly
formed Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) in May 2003. The PCAOB was formed by
the passage by Congress of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 primarily as a result of various accounting/
auditing scandals. While at the PCAOB, Doug assisted in developing the original PCAOB inspection pro-
gram and participated in the first inspections of public accounting firms in U.S. history . Doug rose to the
rank of Associate Director during his time at the PCAOB from 2003-2013 and left the PCAOB in 2013 to join
the Big Four public accounting firm, Ernst & Young (EY).

In 2014, Doug became a Partner at EY. At EY, Doug focuses primarily on assisting EY member firms
around the world with regulation and helping strengthen each member firm’s quality control structure with
various quality initiatives, including coaching. His knowledge, experience, and personality allow him to
overcome cultural and language barriers, and enables him to coach even the most complex engagement
teams. He is recognized for leading by example and by always being willing to do whatever efforts are
necessary to navigate teams through difficult situations. The fact that he has assisted approximately 40
non-US EY member firms with U.S. regulatory matters speaks volumes about his determination and hard
work. Doug travels around the world to help EY member firms and his travels have included visits to China,
Japan, Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil, Peru, Panama, Mexico, France, Greece, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Nor-
way, Switzerland, England, Scotland, Netherlands, and India .

According to Brett Flowers, a fellow partner at EY and former colleague at the PCAOB, Doug is known for
his integrity, ingenuity, and leadership. He is known as a developer of people. Brett said that Doug was
instrumental at the PCAOB in developing the organization’s inspection program and its implementation for
the first inspections of the largest four public accounting firms in the world. At EY, Doug’s efforts have led
to substantial improvements in the Firm’s systems of quality controls in the United States and around the
Globe, where he assists teams working on audits of some of the world’s largest companies. He also
serves as the chairperson of a sub-committee of the Global Public Policy Committee, which focuses on
international public policy issues for the accounting and auditing profession.

Doug consistently supports community organizations and activities, and is a member of the Wolf Trap
Foundation for the Performing Arts, the John T. Ford Society of Ford’s Theatre, and the Sorin Society at
his beloved alma mater, Notre Dame. He is also an avid supporter of his hometown via South Fork Herit-
age Days.

Doug, with 26 years of professional experience, continues to work as a Partner at EY. He lives in Dunn
Loring, Virginia with his wife, Pam, and their beloved dogs, Rockne and Holtzi.

~ SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE ~ (continued from page 4)

These are the reasons that people recognize our district as exemplary and want their children to be a part
of it.

On August 27, 2018, nearly 1,900 students entered our state of the art buildings. Your children - no our
children - will grow to be doctors, lawyers, scientists, teachers, business people, and parents, and they
will be the face of the next generation. They will become who they are, in large part, because of the influ-
ence all of us will have on their lives. Recent graduates from this district are currently working to cure
cancer, being recognized as valedictorians of prestigious universities, engaging in world-class intern-
ships, and more.

As I say goodbye and wish all of you best of luck in the future, I leave you with this thought:

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today -
Malcolm X


Parent Compact for Title I

The Forest Hills School District’s Strategic Plan establishes the mission of the Forest Hills School District
regarding its educational program, which is for all children, including Title I eligible children. The Forest
Hills School District Title I Program, however, has as its primary mission, the improvement of educational
opportunities for Title I eligible children in order that these students are “equally likely” to achieve ad-
vanced skills, including those established by Pennsylvania’s content and performance standards in read-
ing, language arts and mathematics. It is within this framework that Title I students will be provided with a
highly supportive and congruent learning environment specifically designed to provide appropriate devel-
opmental and/or intervention activities to enhance their capacity to learn. Teachers are committed to
sharing this responsibility with you and your child by performing the following practices:

Teacher’s Pledge: I will
 Establish a safe, positive, and secure learning environment that promotes student learning
 Build a relationship with the families through clear communication methods
 Keep families informed of their children’s progress and needs in each subject
 Help students learn through differentiated instruction
 Send home learning materials to reinforce skills and concepts
 Explain my approach to teaching, expectations, and grading to students and their families
 Continue professional development to enhance best teaching practices
 Strive to address the individual needs of each student
 Communicate to students and or parents to help them understand assignments and their goals
 Strive to gain appropriate participation of parents in the education decisions of their children

Parents must also share the responsibility of providing children with appropriate learning experiences.
The African proverb that states, “It takes a village to raise a child,” indicates that education is the respon-
sibility of all of us. Parents and teachers must work together as partners to provide children with a sup-
portive learning environment. Consequently, as a parent, we ask that you share this responsibility by com-
mitting yourself to the following practices:

Parent’s Pledge: I will
 Send my child to school regularly and well rested
 Participate in educational decisions related to my child
 Review daily / weekly school communications
 Monitor my child’s progress and assist in homework completion
 Use educational materials the school sends home throughout the school year
 Attend parent / teacher conferences and school functions

Students must also take responsibility for their own learning. We ask students to commit themselves to
the following practices:

Student’s Pledge: I will
 Ask for help from my teacher and family if I am having trouble understanding my school work
 Attend school every day on time
 Follow my teacher’s directions and instructions throughout the school year
 Work on my math and reading skills at home, using the materials my teacher sends home
 Write down assignments, do my homework every day, and turn it in when it’s due

Communication is the essence of a good relationship. The Forest Hills School District’s Title I Program
has always and is continuing to commit itself to improving the communication between home and school.
Implementation of the “PARENT PARTICIPATION PLAN,” as adopted by the Board of School Directors in
conjunction with this compact, is a major step in the communication linkage. The Title I Newsletter, which
we will continue to publish twice a year, is yet another forum for the sharing of ideas and practices, which
helps keep the lines of communication open. There will also continue to be telephone conferences and
requests for face-to-face meetings to enhance communication.


Student Health Exams, Privacy, and Surveys

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) affords parents and students who are 18 years old or
emancipated minors (i.e., “eligible students”) certain rights regarding our conduct of surveys, collection,
and use of information for marketing purposes, and certain physical exams. These include the right to:
Consent before students are required to submit to a survey that concerns one or more of the following
protected areas (i.e., “protected information survey”) if the survey is funded in whole or in part by a pro-
gram of the U.S. Department of Education (USDoE)...

1. Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parents;
2. Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
3. Sexual behavior or attitudes;
4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
5. Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
6. Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers;
7. Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parents;
8. Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
Receive notice and an opportunity to opt a student out of...
1. Any other protected information survey, regardless of funding;
2. Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening as a required condition of attend-

ance, administered by the school or its agent, and not necessary to protect the immediate
health and safety of a student, except for hearing, vision, or scoliosis screenings, or any physi-
cal exam or screening permitted or required under state law; and
3. Activities involving collection, disclosure, or use of personal information obtained from stu-
dents for marketing or to sell or otherwise distribute the information to others.
Inspect, upon request and before administration and use...
1. Protected information surveys of students;
2. Instruments used to collect personal information from students for any of the above market-
ing, sales, or other distribution purposes; and
3. Instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum.
The Forest Hills School District will develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding
these rights, as well as arrangements to protect student privacy in the administration of protected surveys
and the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribution
purposes. The Forest Hills School District will directly notify parents and eligible students of these policies
at least annually at the start of each school year and after any substantive changes. The school district
will also directly notify parents and eligible students at least annually at the start of each school year of the
specific or approximate dates of the following activities and provide an opportunity to opt a student out of
participating in:

 Collection, disclosure, or use of personal information for marketing, sales, or other distribu-

 Administration of any protected information survey not funded in whole or in part by the

 Any non-emergency, invasive physical exam or screening described above.
Parents and/or eligible students who believe their rights have been violated may file a complaint with the:
Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington,
DC 20202-4605


ESEA Title I Home Language than English. If your
Parent Participation Plan Survey Cover Letter child’s primary language
is other than English, the
It is the goal of the Forest Hills School District’s The Civil Rights Law of
Title I program to develop partnerships with the District will provide an
home. Parents and teachers working as partners 1964, Title VI requires
increase student achievement and promote posi- instructional program ap-
tive attitudes about school. It is the intent of the that school districts/
following plan to encourage and promote such a propriate to your child’s
relationship. charter schools identify developmental and in-
Limited English Proficient structional level.
In accordance with the U.S. Education De- (LEP) students. Pennsyl-
partment’s regulations for ESEA Title I and the If the answer to any of the
District’s Title I Parent and Family Engage- vania has selected to use questions on the Home
ment Policy (#918), the following guidelines the Home Language Sur-
concerning “Consultation with Parents and Language Survey is “yes,”
Teachers” shall be effective: vey for identification of your child will be given an
students who are English initial assessment to de-
1. Conferences, including telephone confer- language learners.
ences, shall be established between individ- termine if an ESL program
ual parents and teachers. Parents shall also The Forest Hills School
be invited to attend, at the Forest Hills School is appropriate. ESL is a
District’s Title I program expense, state and District has the responsi- basic curricular area, and
regional conferences designed to increase bility under federal law to would take the place of
their knowledge regarding relevant Title I serve students who are your child’s regular Eng-
issues. limited English proficient lish class if the initial as-
and need English instruc- sessment revealed that
2. Timely information shall be provided con- tional services. Given this such a program was
cerning the Title I program, including pro- responsibility, the school needed. If this is the case,
gram plans and evaluation through a mini- district has the right to
mum of at least one annual meeting. Addi- an in-depth assessment
tional meetings, as needed, may be request- ask for the information it will be administered to
ed by parents. needs to identify English your child, and the results
Learners (ELs). As part of would be used to plan a
3. Parents’ suggestions shall be solicited regard- the responsibility to lo-
ing the planning, development and operation of suitable program of in-
the Title I program. cate and identify ELs, the struction.
District may conduct
4. Consultation shall be conducted with parents The Forest Hills School
about cooperation in achieving the program’s screenings or ask for re- District will monitor your
objectives. lated information about child’s academic and so-
students who are already
5. An annual evaluation shall be conducted to de- cial progress throughout
termine the effectiveness of the Title I Program. enrolled in the District, as his/her participation in the
well as from students who
Parental Concern/Complaints enroll in the District in the ESL program. Even after
your child exits from the
The Forest Hills School District is dedicated to future. ESL program, he/she will
meeting the educational needs of our students and
is constantly working to ensure that your child re- The Home Language Sur- be monitored for at least
ceives the best possible education. To ensure that vey is used to determine if one academic year to en-
the educational needs of students are being met, a your child’s primary lan- sure his/her continued
strong educational program and communication guage is a language other academic success.
between school and home must be maintained for
every student. Step 1: Meet with the teacher. If the concern/
complaint is not resolved,
In the event that a concern or complaint arises, par- Step 2: Meet with the Principal/Assistant Principal. If
ents/guardians should follow the chain of command the concern/complaint is not resolved,
listed below to have the concern/complaint ad- Step 3: Meet with the Director of Education. If the
dressed: concern/complaint is not resolved,
Step 4: Meet with the Superintendent. If the concern/
complaint is not resolved, the parent/guardian may
then choose to address the Board of School Direc-
tors regarding the concern/complaint.


Notice of Homeless Education Programs

Each year, more than 800,000 school-age children in the United States experience homelessness. The
federal McKinney-Vento Act includes a provision to make sure that homelessness does not cause these
children to be left behind in school. Homeless children should have access to the education and other
services that they need to meet the same challenging state academic achievement standards to which all
students are held.

The Forest Hills School District is required to provide activities for, and services to, homeless children,
including preschool-age homeless children and youths, enabling them to enroll in, attend, and succeed in
school or preschool programs.

The law requires all school districts to inform parents or guardians of their rights under this federal act.
Specifically, it states that, pending resolution of a dispute about school placement, a school district must
immediately enroll a homeless student in the student’s school of origin or other school selected on the
basis of the child’s best interest and provide a written explanation of the rights of appeal to the parent/

Parental Involvement Meeting Notification

Title I – Part A – Homeless Education – ESL

Title I requires the Forest Hills School District to develop and distribute to parents a written parent in-
volvement policy that establishes the District’s expectations for parent involvement for Title I – Part A,
Homeless Education, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Specifically, schools must hold a yearly
meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children must be invited and encour-
aged to attend. At this meeting, the District will provide you with information about the school district’s
programs, a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the kinds of tests the
school district uses to measure student learning, and the proficiency levels students are expected to
meet. Administrators will also review the District’s parental concern/ complaint procedure at this meet-

This year’s meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 9:30 AM at Forest Hills Elementary
School. Please complete the information at the bottom of this page and return it to the Elementary
School office.

We look forward to seeing you at this meeting.

Parental Involvement Meeting Response Form

Please check here:

_____ Yes, I will attend the Parental Involvement meeting on November 15th.

_____ No, I do not plan to attend the Parental Involvement meeting on November 15th.

____________________________________ ___________________________________

Printed Name of Parent/Guardian Printed Name(s) of Child(ren)

____________________________________ ____________________________________

Signature of Parent/Guardian Date


Parent Right to Know Information as Required by
Elementary and Secondary Education Assistance (ESEA) [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)]

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) [Section 1112(e)(1)(A)]

Forest Hills Elementary School receives Federal Title I funds to assist students in meeting state achieve-
ment standards. Throughout the school year, we will be providing you with important information about
this law and your child’s education. This letter lets you know about your right to request information
about the qualifications of the classroom staff working with your child.
As a Title I school, we must meet federal regulations related to teacher qualifications as defined in ESEA.
These regulations allow you to learn more about your child’s teachers’ training and credentials. We are
happy to provide this information to you.
At any time, you may ask:

 Whether the teacher met state qualifications and certification requirements for the grade lev-
el and subject he/she is teaching.

 Whether the teacher received an emergency or conditional certificate through which state
qualifications were waived, and

 What undergraduate or graduate degrees the teacher holds, including graduate certificates
and additional degrees, and major(s) or area(s) of concentration.

 You may also ask whether your child receives help from a paraprofessional. If your child re-
ceives this assistance, we can provide you with information about the paraprofessional’s

 The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) which was signed into law in December 2015 and
reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1956 (ESEA) includes

 Information on policies regarding student participation in assessments

 Information on required assessments that include: subject matter tested, purpose of the test,
source of the requirement (if applicable), amount of time it takes students to complete the
test, and time and format of disseminating results.

The Forest Hills School District is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of our students and is
working to ensure that your child receives the best possible education. The district is fully committed to
the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts.


Principal’s Corner ~ Mr. Curt Vasas

Welcome back everyone!!
The start of another school year brings excitement to all of us here at the Junior-Senior High School. Excite-
ment about new challenges, new courses, and new relationships we are eager to build with students,
parents, and members of our community.
Once again, we have made some additions and modifications to the High School curriculum in order to pro-
vide our students with the best opportunities for future success. This year, students had the opportunity to
schedule Photojournalism and AP Statistics as we continue to expand our curriculum choices to meet the
needs of our students and our changing global society. All Seniors will also be exposed to a financial literacy
curriculum that will allow them to be better informed about credit, investing, and their overall financial choic-
es. The future of State assessments as graduation requirements remains in flux although we are hoping for
some clarity from State Lawmakers in the near future. The State will also be unveiling a new method to dis-
play information about each school in the Commonwealth. This new system is the Future Ready PA Index



Principal’s Corner ~ Mr. Curt Vasas (continued from page 13)

which is set to be available this fall. We will continue to focus on preparing our students to be career and
college ready. We also will be building partnerships with alumni and community members to ensure all
stakeholders feel a sense of connectedness to our schools.

As always, we encourage you to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Please also visit our
website for valuable information including the link for the “High School Years” newsletter under the Ad-
ministration link within the Our School tab of the High School homepage. We continue to strive to provide
a quality education so our students develop into life-long learners and understand their importance in a
democratic and global society. Thank you for your continued support and assistance towards making our
schools the best in the area.

NHS Participates in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s

On September 22, 2018 our Forest Hills National Honor Society members attended the annual Walk to End
Alzheimer’s at the Windber Recreation Park. The NHS raised over five hundred dollars for the event. Their
fundraising efforts and participation were greatly appreciated by the event organizers and various mem-
bers of the community.

The event featured a ceremony in which several members of our local community talked about their per-
sonal experiences with Alzheimer’s. Our students took part in the ceremony by selecting a color of flower
that represented their connection to the illness. This ceremony reminds participants just how far-reaching
this disease is within our community. At the end of the ceremony, students placed the flowers into a prom-
ise garden. By doing so, they made a promise to honor, remember, and fight for a cure to this devastating
disease. The event ended with a walk around the park.

Kristi Burkett, the Forest Hills NHS President, stated, “On behalf of the Forest Hills National Honor Society,
I can confidently say that we, too, want to see a world
without Alzheimer’s, and we have high hopes that a
cure can be found if we keep showing the support.”
According to the Walk to End Alzheimer’s website, Alz-
heimer’s is the top 10 cause of death in America that
cannot be prevented, slowed, or cured. There are over
five million people living with Alzheimer’s in the United
States, and there are over sixteen million people caring
for them. Participants of Forest Hills NHS and the
Alzheimer’s Walk are L to R: Alexus Bobak, Courtney
Roxby, Bethany Fetsko, Alyssa Penrod, Alayna Plaza, Kayla Stohon, Mandi Bearjar, Adam Cecere,
Makennah Gray, Carly Stigers, Emma Simpson, Lindsay Miller, Kristi Burkett, and Hannah Croyle.


The 21th Annual Tailgate Party, sponsored by the High School Student Council, was held on Friday,
September 14, 2018, in the student/event parking lot. This was the second time the Tailgate Party was held

here. Previously, the event was held in front of the old High School. This location
allows for more people and better parking.

There were approximately 15 different clubs and organizations represented selling
a variety of great food from walking tacos, homemade pizza, hot sausage, macaro-
ni and cheese, hamburgers and hotdogs, and even sloppy pigs. There was also
face painting and hair braiding for the kids.

Although the weather looked a little gloomy, everyone had a great time. Student
Council hopes to see everyone for the 22st annual Tailgate Party next fall.


2018 Marching Rangers

This summer was one of the wettest band camps in a while. This year’s group, a total of 83 students, held
camp the first two weeks of August, dodging the rain drops, to learn their halftime show. They worked
tirelessly from 8am – 5pm using all aspects of the High School, from the auditorium, to the gym, to the
parking lot. The Marching Rangers are excited to present their halftime show, “Green Day,” using the
songs “Longview,” “Holiday,” and “Basket Case” to entertain fans at every football game. As the season
progresses, this group keeps getting better! We still proudly perform our fight song at the beginning of
every home game and after every Forest Hills score and encourage you to cheer along with
On top of performing at all the football games, you may have seen the Marching Rangers at the Richland
Community Days Parade. If you missed a band performance, you can also see us perform at the South
Fork, St. Michael, and Johnstown Halloween Parades, as well as the Johnstown Veterans Day, and
Christmas Parades. We wrap up our season the first week of December at the Ebensburg Christmas Pa-
rade. Also planned for the Marching Rangers this season are a performance at a Johnstown Tomahawks
game, and a trip and performance in Walt Disney World.
Concert Band and Chorus are excited to perform two different concerts this fall and winter. Our Annual
Fall Concert featuring students in 8th through 12th grade was on October 19th. Our Junior High Christmas
Concert is December 11th and our High School Christmas Concert is December 6th. All concerts start at
7pm, and are free to attend.

Junior-Senior High Welcomes a New Staff Member

Mrs. Toni Wentzel has joined the staff at the Junior-Senior High School.
She will be instructing Language Arts to students in grades 7, 11, and 12
this year. Toni comes to us from Blacklick Valley where she taught both
Social Studies and Language Arts since she is
certified in both areas. She is a graduate of
Conemaugh Township High School and Juniata
College. She is currently enrolled at Penn
State working on her Master’s Degree. Toni
spent two years in Greece as a Fulbright
Teaching Assistant and was recently hired as
our Assistant Forensics Coach. We are excited
to have her as part of our Forest Hills family.



Principal’s Corner ~ Mr. Ed Alexander

Welcome back! As we begin the 2018-2019 school year, we are excited and prepared for a successful
year. The first few weeks have brought much excitement and has overall been a wonderful start! Our 7th
and 8th graders will have more opportunities, as we have scheduled 9 week exploratory courses in STEAM
(science, technology, engineering, art, and math). Career Education is now a regular part of our overall
curriculum in the Junior High.
As we are now a grade 7-12 building, it is very important to stay connected with your children, especially
during this time of great change. The best way to stay connected with school is to actively communicate
with your child’s teachers. Our teachers are required to maintain and update a monthly teacher calendar
on our website:
Another way to stay in the loop is through PowerSchool, our District’s student management system. In
PowerSchool, you, as the parent or guardian, can be notified instantly regarding your child’s attendance
and grades. These are two very easy ways to stay connected. As I am the District Administrator for Pow-
erSchool, please don’t hesitate to contact me to set things up or help you with any PowerSchool issues you
may experience. My contact information is: [email protected], or you can reach me at the Junior
High: (814) 487-7613, extension 3800.

NSA Day of Cyber

Students in Mr. Kovalsky’s Problem Solving 8 class are participating in the Nation-
al Security Agency’s (NSA) Day of Cyber during the Fall 2018 semester. This na-
tional initiative is designed using the LifeJourney™ platform to raise the National
IQ for STEM and Cyber Science. The program introduces and inspires all middle
school, high school and college students to pursue STEM careers and build the
skills that will open up their future and connect them to the in-demand digital work-
The students will learn about Holland career interest types and resume building in addition to learning
about the many different career options available in public and private cyber security. They will break
codes and work as a team to develop strategies to combat problems based on real-world NSA scenarios.
This interactive digital platform will be enhanced by ongoing discussions related to timely cyber-security
events along with an introduction to pure logic as a way to solve complex problems.

Forest Hills on Social Media

The Forest Hills School District now has a presence in social media. You can
follow us on Twitter at: @ForestHillsSD, and on Instagram at: foresthillssd.
Download the apps today and never miss announcements, upcoming events,
celebrations and more!
Our District will be rolling out the new Forest Hills App in the coming weeks.
Information is forthcoming. This app will create easy access to everything Forest Hills at your fingertips.
We are excited to open these new lines of communication with the Forest Hills community!



Principal’s Corner ~ Mrs. Rebecca Roberts

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Dr. Dill and I worked feverishly this summer to plan for the up-
coming year and on August 27, waited anxiously for the children to arrive.
In grades K-3, students are being introduced to new resources to increase literacy. We are piloting the
Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Program in PreK-2, the 95% Group in grades Pre-K – 3 and the Fundations
Program is being piloted in a 1st and 2nd grade classroom. In grades 4 and 5, we are using a new delivery
system which will enhance student achievement, allowing for more focused skill based instruction, includ-
ing enrichment. In grades 5 and 6, students are participating in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineer-
ing and Math) class taught by Mr. Erik Smith as part of the daily rotation schedule. All of these additions
are in an effort to increase student achievement as well as build a solid foundation as students continue
through their educational career.
We will be enhancing security in the main office at the Elementary. Last spring, we began utilizing the
Raptor system for all parents and guests who entered the building. The Raptor system screens all visitors
instantly against the registered sex offender database in all 50 states. We will continue using this system
in which every visitor must have a picture ID to be scanned upon entry into the building. In addition, we
will be changing the physical appearance of the main office to look similar to that of the Junior-Senior
High School. Parents will be buzzed into the building from outside and enter the main office. Parents will
be able to drop off items for their children and sign students in and out through a window. Anyone need-
ing access outside of the main office will need to be buzzed through a second door after being screened
through the Raptor system and providing intent for the visit. These physical changes will begin soon and
are being completed in an effort to protect all students, teachers, and staff, allowing students to have a
safe learning environment in which to learn.
Please remember to use our website for upcoming events and activities at the Ele-
mentary. Teacher webpages are up-to-date with classwork, assignments, and contact information.

National Essay Contest Winner

Laura Montag, Grade 7, was recognized by the St. Michael American Legion Auxiliary
on Thursday, October 4 for her success in the Legion Essay Contest. As a 6th grade
student, Laura participated in the essay contest entitled, “What can I personally do to
promote Americanism in my school or community?” After winning the St. Michael
chapter, her essay advanced to the county level where she took first place! With this
distinction, her essay moved on to the western section of Pennsylvania, where Laura’s
essay again took first place advancing her to the Department of Pennsylvania. After
another 1st place finish, Laura advanced to the Eastern National Division (highest level
for the contest) where she was a 1st place winner! Congratulations to Laura!

New Paraprofessionals At the Elementary School

Welcome to new members of the paraprofessional staff at Forest Hills
Elementary School for the 2018-2019 school year. They are (from
bottom to top): Casey Shaw, Amanda Donnelly, Annette Wechtenhiser,
Jessica Martin, Amanda Wagner, and Joslyn Sorchilla (absent for the pho-

to: Amanda Petak and Tonya Hendrickson)


New Teachers At the Elementary School

We welcome to the District this year Ms. Tracy Locher, Speech and
Language Pathologist. She is ASHA certified and has worked in vari-
ous capacities. Ms. Locher has worked in Maryland, Massachusetts,
and Vermont in school, hospital, outpatient clinic, and rehabilitation
settings. She is pleased to return to the Johnstown area to be near
family. She enjoys outdoor activities and loves to travel.
Mrs. Katherine Perry is a 4th Grade special education teacher. She is a
graduate of St. Francis University where she was also on the cross
country team. She currently lives in Ebensburg with her husband
Ethan, who is an Assistant Track and Field coach at Saint Francis.
Mrs. Perry is originally from Erie, very near to Presque Isle where she
loves to kayak and paddleboat. She also enjoys walking, running, and
bike riding. She has a love for reading and writing and was the first person at SFU to earn a minor in
writing. While at SFU she studied abroad in Ambialet, France.

Forest Hills Elementary Americorp 2018-2019

This year Forest Hills Elementary welcomes three new Americorp workers
to the building. We are excited to have with us Meghan Kunrod, Annaliese
Conant, and Kaitlyn Gehosky.
Annaliese Conant lives in Dunlo, PA and is a 2018 graduate from PA Lead-
ership Charter School. She enjoys running, reading, and spending time
with her friends. She loves music. She can sing and play the ukulele and
guitar. She chose to take the AmeriCorps position because she is consider-
ing being a teacher, so this work provides her a good opportunity to work
with children in a classroom setting.
Katlyn Gehosky lives in Ebensburg, PA and is a graduate of Central Cam-
bria High School. She enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with
friends and family. She accepted the Americorp job because she enjoys working with students and helping
them learn new things. She also enjoys meeting new people.
Megan Kundrod currently resides in St. Michael. She is a 2012 graduate of Forest Hills, a 2016 graduate of
UPJ, and is currently taking classes pursuing a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education. Megan enjoys
spending time with her family and helping out at the St. Michael Fire Department. She loves watching the
Pittsburgh Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins. She accepted this AmeriCorps position because she feels it
will be a great experience and be beneficial to her as a future teacher.

District Retirement

Ms. Joyce Myers retired on August 7, 2018 after 39½ years of service in the Forest Hills
School District. Every one of us can say that, in her own special way, Joyce made a differ-
ence in the lives of not only our students, but also of the staff members and community mem-
bers of the Forest Hills School District. She worked in various capacities including a
paraprofessional and secretary. Joyce’s first position started as a guidance office
paraprofessional. She then transitioned as a middle school math paraprofessional. Joyce
continued the next 37½ years as an elementary secretary. Joyce directly worked with a total of six ele-
mentary principals throughout her tenure. Joyce will be truly missed!


Ranger Pride Pledge

Forest Hills Elementary School implemented the Ranger Pride Pledge, in cooperation with the PTO, to
create a positive school climate that fosters making good choices, being kind, being responsible, and
showing respect. The Ranger Pride Pledge is tailored around having the courage to make positive deci-
sions. Each morning following announcements, the Ranger Pride Pledge is said throughout the building.

The Ranger Pride Pledge defines four expected behaviors for all of our students. The expectations are
as follows:

Through courage,

 We will make good choices.
 We will be kind to others.
 We will be responsible.
 We will respect others.

In an on-going effort to foster positive relationships within the community and focus on those courageous
men and women who make a powerful impact within our community, we are partnering with local fire de-
partments, EMS, and police to build a positive relationship with our youth. Working together to promote
positive behavior will invariably increase student achievement, sustain a positive school climate, and
equip students with the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to become responsible citizens in our
global community. Each grade level has been assigned a community outreach partner and we look for-
ward to seeing you in and out of the classroom.

 Pre-K – Croyle Township Police
 Kindergarten – South Fork Fire Department
 Grade 1 – Summerhill Fire Department
 Grade 2 – St. Michael Fire Department/Adams Township #2
 Grade 3 – Adams Township Police
 Grade 4 – Forest Hills EMT
 Grade 5 – Beaverdale Fire Department/Summerhill Township
 Grade 6 – Dunlo Fire Department/Adams Township #1

Elementary Music preparation of their Christmas mu- Hills School District. Our school

The Elementary students have sic for our visits to local personal district will be hosting the Cambria
County Jr. High County Chorus
been dusting off their instruments, care homes and Christmas con- festival in November. Six sixth
warming up their voices, and cert. They, along with select sixth graders have been selected to
groovin’ along after a summer of grade band students, are putting represent Forest Hills in this cho-
relaxation and fun! The Elemen- on a Christmas concert for family rus ensemble.
tary students have come back with and friends on Wednesday,
fresh minds to absorb more music December 12, 2018. More infor- Finally, be on the lookout for an
and knowledge as everyone starts mation will be given to students order form for the Elementary Mu-
their new music classes. Sixth within the next several weeks. sic Department’s T-Shirt sale. We

grade has been working to record Fourth grade band students have are selling shirts to celebrate a
been slowly learning some of their decade-long tradition of the ele-
their version of the dance to
Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Look basics in band, so parents be- mentary school’s favorite, “The

forward to seeing their perfor- ware! While they may be squeak- Turkey Game.” Shirts will say “I

mance in October! The recording ing and squawking now, they will Survived the Turkey Game.” Pro-
will be posted on Mrs. Tully’s and be serenading you by the end of ceeds will benefit the elementary
the school year. Third grade stu- music department to purchase
Mr. Kearney’s classroom web-
dents have also been sent home wooden xylophones that will be
sites. The fifth and sixth grade
chorus groups have also started with their recorders to practice, used by all grade levels.
so music will abound in the Forest


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“The mission of the Forest Hills School District is to
provide the best student-centered education so all
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succeed in an ever-changing world.”

Published by the Office of the Superintendent of the Forest Hills School District


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