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The Donaldson Daily Volume 1, Issue 3 June 6, 2014 GOOD-BYE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR, HELLO SUMMER By Cerina Wichryk

Wow! The 2013-2014 school year has been a fun one, but our school days are numbered. We‟ve had many extraordinary assemblies, events, and fundraisers. All of our field trips have been great too! Sadly, it‟s all coming to a close. Now we can relax and ease into the

Staff Writers:  Andrea Russo  Audra Cook  Dylan Grass  Eva Lutz

summer. You can be looking for- following question: Are you goward to some new movies such ing on a vacation this summer? as The Amazing Spiderman 2 (May The results are shown below. 2), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13), and Maleficent ( May 30). There‟s a whole summer vacation- so enjoy! We‟ve asked 364 students in grades 1-5 the


 Cerina Wichryk

By Francis Wichryk

This year, Mrs. Nightingale‟s class symbolically adopted two polar bear cubs from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). The World Wildlife Fund is the world‟s leading conservation organization and according to their website, “WWF works in 100 countries and is supported by 1.2 million members in the United

 Francis Wichryk  Kate Miller  Rebecca Miller  Mason Palaima  Morgan Shansky  Reese Bielecki


 Nathan Gunderson

Editor-in-Chief: Mrs. Nolan Contributing Editor: Mrs. Koraido Editor: Mrs. Schultz Dr. Dierker In this issue:

Band/Chorus Concert American Heart Assoc. Field Trips Hot Cocoa Chats

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Teachers Cup PSSA Donaldson Discoveries

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Girls on the Run Read Across America

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Purple Up Battle of the Books

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Math 24 Challenge Author Visit

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Variety Show Academic Competition

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PMEA Sing Fest West Fun in the Sun

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New Teacher Track and Field

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PBS Finalist New Baby

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Freelance Writers: Ambria Slutiak Tommy St. Claire Mya Clay Gianna Giacomino Nicholas Obringer Hannah Schook

States”. Mrs. Nightingale‟s class adopted the two cubs for $50. The class named the cubs Winter and Murphy Jr. There are many other animal species available for adoption including tigers, pandas, African elephants, giraffes, and gray wolves. For a complete list, log onto

The Donaldson Art Fair, sponsored by the Donaldson PTA was held on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. in the Donaldson Cafeteria. The theme of the Art Fair was „Helping Hands‟. Many Donaldson students attended. Some of the activities that students completed were sand art, clay station, and rainbow looms. Mollie the face painter (former West Allegheny student) was there too! The book fair was also held at the Art Fair in the Donaldson Gym. In addition, students could buy raffle

By Eva Lutz

tickets (in advance or at the fair) for $1 each to win a basketful of art supplies. Students bought tickets in the mornings from March 17th– March 21st in the Compass Rose area. The winner of the art basket was kindergarten student, Tyler Phipps. The total amount raised from the ticket sales was $353 and was donated to the Relay for Life Team benefiting the American Cancer Society! We would like to thank Mrs. March, Ms. Turici, Mrs. Sharlow, and the Donaldson PTA for sponsoring this wonderful event. Jackson Dansik (below), gets his face painted by WA graudate Molly Stofan, aka “Molly, the Face Painter”.

Students make sand art projects at the Donaldson Art Fair this year.


Teachers from West Allegheny were offered an opportunity to increase their skill with educational technology tools within their content area. Classes were held from 4:30 to 7:30 in the McKee Computer Lab on April 22 nd and 24 th and in the Donaldson Computer Lab on April 28th. The classes that were offered included: Mobile Devices/ Web Tools, Smartboards, and Using iPad and Apple TV as an interactive tool for teaching. The teachers attending from Donaldson were Ms. Buser, Mrs. Koraido, Mr. DeMario, Mrs. Prevade, Mrs. Augustin, Mrs. Ordich, Mrs. Bouwers, Mrs. Hensler, Mrs, Sekelik, and Mrs. Gizienski. After completing classes, teachers may request technology for the 20142015 school year by completing a Technology Opportunity Proposal (TOP) to Dr. Assetta, the Assistant Superintendent. However, to be considered, teachers need to also acquire the Digital Driver‟s License (DDL) to demonstrate proficiency in the basic skills of the device as well as how to implement device usage. The Administration and Technology Facilitators have found this approach to be more objective and fair for distributing technology within the district.

With an on-line link and the help of Mrs. Vestal, computer facilitator, the faculty and staff MRS. CURIGLIANO FONDLY at Donaldson were able to exREMEMBERED By Mrs. Koraido press their thoughts concerning our beloved colleague– Mrs. ENERGETIC AN INSPIRATION Tonya Currigliano. Teachers POSITIVE SUPPORTER RESPECTED FRIEND were able to post comments to FIGHTER COMPASSIONATE Mrs. Curigliano’s ‘wall’, like the BEACH LOVER one printed to the right. The BUDDY AMAZING TEACHER DEDICATED responses overwhelmingly ex- LEADER FASHIONISTA SMILE MAKER press the wonderful rapport that CAREGIVER LOVED CARING Mrs. Currigliano shared with A HERO DEVOTED JOYFUL her fellow workers. POSITIVE

PTA announced that box top labels for the last submission period amounted to $979.79. Thanks to all who participated!








A few months ago, Donaldson welcomed new teacher Mrs. Gizienski. Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Mrs. Gizienski and asked her the following questions: Q: A:

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What is the best part about teaching at Donaldson? I have been welcomed into superb classrooms and met some wonderful students and great teachers at Donaldson. Everyone has eased the transition into the West Allegheny family.

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By Francis Wichryk

During the month of February, Donaldson School raised almost $1,900 for the American Heart Association (AHA). Tracey Greathouse and Kim Morton volunteered to coordinate this project. Students were given the opportunity to donate $5.00, and in return were allowed to bring an electronic device (no iphones) to lunch period only. Kindergarten students received a plastic duck and lanyard for their donation. The homeroom with the most donations earned an extra PE class. The

purpose was to raise funds to support people fighting heart disease. The deadline for the event was February 26th. As a reward for participating, the AHA gave Donaldson a $100 US games certificate to purchase new PE equipment and a free AAHPERD membership for next year. Mrs. Taranto and Mr. DeChicko, Donaldson PE teachers, also incorporated some heart health lessons into their classes and a heart healthy fact was read over the announcements each morning. Thanks to all who participated!


By Ambria Slutiak

Donaldson Discovers is an after school activity sponsored by the Donaldson PTA that this year, started on February 20th and ended on March 13th. Students were able to sign up and participate in a variety of classes. The classes were held every Thursday after school for a period of four weeks. Classes taught included: Activity Instructor Where did you get your education? Pottery Clay Café I received all of my education from Slippery Swimming Mr. DeChicko Rock University and have a bachelor’s Physical Education Mrs. Taranto degree in Elementary Education and a Health Class PTI master’s degree in Reading. I am certified as an elementary teacher, a reading specialist, Cooking Gaynor School a middle school social studies teacher, and as a literacy coach.

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What do you teach? My job is to work with all teachers at the elementary level. I can teach in any kindergarten through 5th grade classroom. I provide on-going professional development by “pushing into” classrooms and working one on one with teachers to provide them with support and research-based practices in literacy.

And other great classes! Thank you to the Donaldson PTA for sponsoring this great and fun filled event and to the instructors who taught the classes!


Every year the Donaldson PTA generously sponsors field trips for all grade levels. This year kindergarten went to Petco on April 2nd to learn about how to respect and care for animals, diverse animal habitats, environmental issues, and Do you teach in other WA buildings? species survival. On March 31st, first I do. I also work at McKee and Wilson. graders went to The Children’s Museum of Is this your first teaching job? Pittsburgh where students discovered, I taught 5th grade for fifteen years in Butler investigated, and explored hands on exCounty at a private school prior to coming to hibits. Second grade went on the Just West Allegheny. Ducky Tour, an adventure through Is there anything you would like to add? I have three children (Alyssa, Bailey, and Carlie) with my husband Sean. My children are involved in many sports; therefore, they keep us very busy. We also have a dog and two cats.

We are very pleased to have Mrs. Gizienski with us.

HOT COCOA CHATS By Tommy St. Clair and Giacomino

“Hot Cocoa Chats” were a part of Mrs. King‟s fourth grade classroom this year. Mrs. King borrowed the idea from Mrs. Vestal, a former fourth grade teacher, who gave hot cocoa to students while books were being discussed. Mrs. King, however, put her own twist on the original version. First, the students in her class read a chapter book of their choice. After that, students created book cards for that book, which included three pieces of information: genre, 1-5 star rating, and three fun facts. During classroom time, the students learned about different genres that other students enjoy. In the spring, the students drank lemonade/iced tea instead of hot cocoa. Students also brought beach blankets to get in the summer time feeling. Mrs. King has hot cocoa chats every year. She usually has four hot cocoa chats and one beach blanket chat. The students love the books, and the hot cocoa too!

Pittsburgh on land and water. On May 23rd, third grade students went to see Bears a (Disney nature film) at Cinemark in Robinson Township followed by pizza. Fourth grade toured PNC Park on May 30th and fifth grade toured Heinz Field on that same day. Thanks to the Donaldson PTA for making this year‟s field trips great. We appreciate all of the work that PTA does. All students had a blast!


Debbie Mirich, West Allegheny School Board President, sitting by granddaughter, Emerson reads Are You My Mother? by Dr. Seuss to 1st grade.

February 24 th st March 1 was Seussville Week created in honor of Theodore Geisel, otherwise known as Dr. Seuss. Schools all throughout PA th

participated in the 17 annual Read across America Week. Each day there was a different book by Dr. Seuss highlighted. On Monday, students wore brown for Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You? On Tuesday, students wore zoo print for If I Ran the Zoo. Wednesday was Green Eggs and Ham day. Students wore green and white, and were served green eggs and ham for lunch. Thursday was crazy circus hair day in honor of If I Ran the Circus. Friday, the last day, was Seuss Day where students wore red and white and any type of hat. At the end of every day, the entire school participated in DEAR (drop everything and read). Red t-shirts were also sold for the occasion. 329 t-shirts were

sold at a cost of $7.00 each. Total money raised was $2,303 with $700 benefiting the WAEA John W. Wherry Scholarship fund. In addition, on March 1, the Mall at Robinson hosted Read across America Day from 11AM-3PM. There were a lot of fun activities which included art projects and face painting. Read across America is always a success! Mrs . H ol lan d WAEA President Mrs. Debbie Turici at the Mall y Smith at Robinson.


The Battle of the Books was a contest where students answered questions about a list of predetermined books. 4th and 5th grade students were eligible to participate in this event. This year, the Battle of the Books was held on Tuesday March 19th in the Donaldson gym. Students formed and named teams of 3-5 students. Teams of students answered 50 questions about the books, and team managers (parents) checked the questions. The list of books this year were Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Chocolate Fever, The Boy Who Drew Birds, A Nest for Celeste, Ralph S. Mouse, No Talking, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, The San Francisco Earthquake, 1906, Joshua‟s Song, and Who is Jane Goodall? Students had 30 seconds to answer each question. The winning team called themselves „The Page Penguins‟, which

consisted of Katie Bleil, Taylor Coulter, Rebecca Miller, Alexa Rebovich, and Anjali Vishwakarma. Congratulations to all who participated and to the WA librarians and parents who organized and helped to make this educational event possible.


The 8th annual Teachers Cup, a West Allegheny Foundation Fundraiser, was held on February 28, 2014. The event took place at the West Allegheny High School Gymnasium. Teachers from all of the schools (Wilson, McKee, Donaldson, Middle School, and High School) volunteered to participate in all sorts of wacky activities. Some of those activities included dodge ball, solo cup stacking, dress up relay race, musical plates, and goggle basketball. The High School took first place beating out McKee (last year’s winner). This event was coordinated by district police officer, Sergeant Bates. The event was exciting and well attended. Donaldson School did take home the spirit award. Since its inPicture from left to right: Mrs. MedwickMcKee librarian, Tara Coulter, Alexa Rebo- ception, the West Allegheny Foundation TEACHER APPRECIATION vich, Mrs. Schultz-Donaldson librarian, Rebecca has distributed over $200,000 in the form Miller, Katie Bleil, and Anjali Vishwakarma. WEEK CELEBRATED of scholarships and community and By Nick Obringer PURPLE UP By Gianna Giacomino teacher grants.

The week of May 5th was teacher appreciation week. The PTA organizers of this event were Michelle Giacomino, Kim Morton, and Jessica Marshall. Each day of the week, the teachers experienced a different surprise. On Monday, May 5th, (an in- service day), there were muffins for the teachers for

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On January 16, 2014 the Elementary Horizons students attended the Science Bowl at the Carnegie Science Center. At the Science Bowl, students participated in four activities to earn points. The activities were the cup challenge, a Lego challenge, the bicycle exhibit, and a movie in the Omnimax Theater about nature. There were many schools from around the area taking part in this event. Students competing from Donaldson were Andrea Russo, Rebecca Miller, Cerina Wichryk, Morgan Shansky, Audra Cook, Mason Palaima , Dylan Grass, Francis Wichryk, Kate Miller, Eva Lutz, Reese Bielecki, and Nathan Gunderson. Teachers served as judges for the events and awards were presented. This fantastic academic competition was presented by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and sponsored by the Elementary Horizons Program.

April was the Month of the Military Child marking the 4th annual Purple Up Day. On April 15th, purple was worn worldwide as a way to show support to military children and thank them for their strength and sacrifice. Purple Up Day is sponsored by the Penn State Extension. Purple symbolizes all the branches of the military. It‟s a combination of Army green, Marine and Air Force red, and Navy and Coast Guard blue. The goal is that military children recognize that their community continues this tradition to support them.

Penn State Extension will continue toshow support in all ways possible. Many Donaldson students participated in Purple Up Day. Way to go Donaldson!

DONALDSON STUDENTS TAKE STAGE By Audra Cook On February 7th, Donaldson PTA hosted a variety show which was chaired by Mrs. Tracy Pustover and Mrs. Janet Burk. The show took place in the West Allegheny High School auditorium at 6:00 PM. The participants performed many different acts including playing an instrument, dancing, gymnastics, and much more. In addition, the PTA sponsored two art contests. The categories were T-shirt design and program design. The winner of the T-shirt design was Rachel Mamula in fourth grade. The winner for the program design, who was another fourth grade student was Olivia Norris. Many

students participated in these events, and will participate next year too!

Contest winners: Rachel Mamula (left) and Olivia Norris (right).


Christopher Morrison is dorkified ’by Nikki.

JOKE OF THE DAY Did you hear about the two silkworms that were in a race?

RIDDLE OF THE DAY Why did the tree get lost?

QUOTE OF THE DAY Veni, Vidi, Vici What does this mean and who made this famous quote? I came, I saw, I conquered. Julius Caesar

ence with local area schools (Pittsburgh Carmel, Pittburgh Phillips, Braddock Hills, Woodland

the Web conference. Another raffle selected 5 students to have their books signed by Ms. Russell at the Web event. In yet another raffle, one student was selected to be dorkified by daughter, Nikki. It was an honor and educational experience-not to mention fantastic!

Because it took the wrong root.

R a c h e l Renee Russell, author of Dork Diaries presented a video confer

Hills, and West Allegheny) on March 17th, 2014. Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures gave Donaldson the honor of being the host school for this event. Students in grades 3-5 had the opportunity to attend the live WEB conference to meet Ms. Russell and her two daughters, co-contributors for her books. Family and friends also had the opportunity to watch this event using a link that was sent out via School Messenger. Donaldson School was also given the opportunity to raffle off 20 tickets to the Sunday event at the Carnegie Lecture Hall in Oakland. All students who attended the Sunday event could buy or bring books from home to be signed by Mrs. Russell and/or daughters, Nikki and Erin. In addition, there was a raffle for 4 students to ask Rachel or her daughters a question at

It ended in a tie!

Student Jordyn Shuttinger (right front) poses w i th author Rachel Renee Russell (center) and daughters Erin (left) and Niki. (right back).



By Dylan Grass

Girls on the Run, (GOTR) is an after run at Hartwood Acres for the 5k (3.1 school activity for girls in 3rd, 4th, and 5th miles). Every class consisted of a lesgrade. GOTR was established in 1996 by son/activity based on the “Whole Person Molly Barker in Charlotte, North Caro- Concept”. Following each lesson, the lina. With the help of 30,000 volunteers, girls ran either at Donaldson Park the GOTR program is serving over (weather permitting) or inside. At the 80,000 girls in over 170 cities across conclusion of the GOTR program, North America! GOTR sponsors include (May 2014), the girls attended a banNew Balance, Secret Deodorant, Goody hair quet held in the Donaldson lafeteria, products, Garmin, Horizon Fitness, and which included an award for each girl, Carolina Pad. Donaldson GOTR instruc- cake and a slideshow of pictures taken tors were Mrs. Taranto and Mrs. Tracy. throughout the GOTR program. This is Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 – th e secon d an n u al G OT R a t 4:45 beginning in February, the girls gath- Donaldson. “The mission is to inspire ered together, ate a healthy snack, and girls to be joyful, healthy and confident prepared to run through a series of using a fun experience-based curricuCaden Harbison (right), Tyler Rippole (right), and stretching. The cost of the program was lum which creatively integrates runMrs. Mahramas (center). $150 which included a GOTR t-shirt, a ning”, Molly Barker states. Continued pg. 5 Caden Harbison and Tyler Rippole, two 5th GOTR water bottle, and the entry fee to graders from Donaldson Elementary, were chosen to attend the Pennsylvania Music DONALDSON STUDENTS COMPLETE STATE TESTING Educators Association (PMEA) Annual Sing By Hannah Schook Fest. Caden and Tyler rehearsed after th th school for two months with Mrs. Mah- During the months thof March and April, The 4 and 8 grade students also comthe Science Assessments on April ramas, a West Allegheny music teacher, all students in 3-8 grades in public pleted th th before attending the festival. Moon Area schools were required to participate in 28 and 29 . All tests started in the Middle School hosted the Sing Fest with the Pennsylvania System of School As- morning and concluded before lunch about 180 students from area schools par- sessment also known as the PSSA. The each day. The Science PSSA required ticipating in the all day event. Students also purpose of the assessments were to fourth grade students to respond to queshad the opportunity to participate in work- determine how well districts, schools, multiple-choice and open-ended th th and required students met the state‟s tions. In addition, all 5 and 8 grade shops. which included playing Orff instruments, movement, and singing. Shawn Funk, academic standards. Donaldson adminis- students enrolled in Pennsylvania public schools were required to participate in guest conductor and Elementary General tered mathematics and reading testing th Music Teacher from Fox Chapel School beginning on Wednesday, March 26 . the writing assessment. “The writing District, rehearsed with students during the The PSSA test measured skills in reading assessment provides a direct measure of day in preparation for the concert that eve- and mathematics using both multiple students‟ abilities to develop, organize, ning. According to Mrs. Mahramas, “All of choice and open-ended formats. Stu- and express their ideas in a variety of their hard work paid off because the con- dents responded to fiction and non- writing genres,” according to The Penncert was wonderful. Caden and Tyler didn‟t fiction texts on the reading assessment sylvania Department of Education webjust learn about music and how to sing well, and applied problem solving skills com- site. This was the last year of PSSA‟s! they had a really great time making music plete with explanations in a written es- Next year everyone in public schools will be participating in Common Core. with other students the same age as them!” say format on the math assessment.

HEARING IMPAIRED STUDENT VISITS DONALDSON CLASSROOMS Kayla Campbell once too walked the halls of Donaldson. Back then she referred to herself as “An island that no one wants to visit.” This is because Kayla has impaired hearing, which means she has trouble hearing. “People speaking in a normal voice sounds like a forced whisper to me,” Kayla states. For the last four years Kayla has been traveling from classroom to classroom, school to school teaching people sign language and what it is like to be hear-

By Mason Palaima

impaired. Her interpreter Mrs. West, accompanies her, translating what she cannot hear into sign language. She visited 12 classrooms at Donaldson this year. Some people say that disabled people cannot learn and are not smart. Kayla proves them wrong. She gets great grades and is in honor classes in some subjects. Kayla is now a freshman in high school, but her legacy will stay with Donaldson forever. Right: Mrs. West with Kayla


By Andrea Russo

Have you seen any empty polar water The Drink of Awesomeness, from Mrs. class! Also, at 4:30, Mrs. Shultz read a bottles in your classroom? If you have…. Barr‟s class. People went to Barnes & No- story for anyone who wanted to listen. good eye! That bottle isn‟t trash. It ble to buy their „drink of choice‟ and a All of the money went to the Relay for serves as a collection bottle for the percentage of the proceeds benefited the Life Team. Kids had a blast buying books Donaldson Relay for Life Team. The Relay team. An additional incentive was an ice and Frappes! On the same day, Red for Life Race is a fundraiser to help sup- cream PARTY for the class whose drink Robin participated in the fundraisers, too. port the American Cancer Society. At was purchased the most- Mrs. Stout‟s If families brought in a flyer and ordered Donaldson, we have a group of splendid Donaldson Librarian, Mrs. Schultz, reads to stu- a meal, 15% of the proceeds went to the teachers that formed a team for this relay. dents at Barnes & Noble Settlers Ridge in Robinson . Relay for Life Team! Both of these superThey represented our AWESOME school FUNdraisers occurred on April, 5th. In th in the race which was held on May 9 . Our addition, Spirit Night for the Donaldson relay team also raised additional money Relay for Life Team was held on May, 13th through some other really cool FUNdraisat Chick-fil-a! Yum! Again, a portion of ers! For one of those, Mrs. Schultz asked the proceeds went to the Relay Team!!! every class what their “dream Frappe Donaldson Student Council also sponchino” would be, and what it would be sored „Gum Day‟ and PJ/slipper Day in called. From those results, she chose three: May to aid in this cause. Books, hamThe Sour Patrick, from Mrs. Prevade‟s burgers, Frappes, gum, and milkshakesroom, The Stout Frappe at the Curigliano What a way to raise funds! Thanks to all Café from Mrs. Stout‟s class, and those that made this event possible!



By Audra Cook

By Ambria Slutizk th

On April 30 , this year‟s spring band and chorus concert was held in the WA High School Auditorium. It was a combined concert including all three elementary centers. The 4th and 5th graders rehearsed during the day of the concert. They were bused to and from the high school. 4th grade band performed at 7:00. After that, 5th grade band performed at 8:00 immediately followed by the 5th grade chorus. The music teachers from all three of the elementary schools organized and conducted for the chorus and band concerts. The teachers were Mrs. Marahmas, Mrs. Sharlow, Mrs. Jack, Mr. Humbert, and Mr. Hoffman. They were so proud of us!! Overall, the concert was a huge success!!!


Dr. DiSanti delivers his last speech for „Track and Field Day‟ before his scheduled retirement.

On Thursday May 8, 2014, grades 3-5 p art icip ated an d comp et ed in Donaldson‟s annual Track and Field Day which was organized by Mrs. Taranto, the Physical Education teacher. Preparation for the annual event took place during PE classes. Students each chose 3 activities to participate in from the following list: half mile, 100meter, 50 meter, 400 meter relay, obstacle course, football throw, softball throw, and long jump. Opening ceremonies and the parade of teams began at 9:15 in the Donaldson Gym. At the ceremony, each team displayed their poster, listened to the rules and the Athletes Creed, and sang and listened to the National Anthem, which was played on the saxophone by music teacher, Mr. Humbert, and Donaldson‟s own fifth grader, Grant Baurle. Then the games began! The order of events for each grade varied throughout the day, but concluded with „tug of war‟ in which all students participated. The award ceremony was held in the gym at 2:20. Individual awards for Track and Field Day events were issued first, followed by class awards. Overall class trophy winners for 5th, 4th and 3rd grades were Mrs. Mangan, Mrs. King, and Mrs. Augustin.




1 and 2 grade classes participated in Fun in the Sun, (a non- competitive, friendly day of games) on May 30, 2014. During this event, there were many different activities arranged in rotating stations for student participation. Activities included hungry hippos, face painting, ping pong ball toss, tattoos, and angry birds. Fun in the Sun, which is organized by Mrs. Taranto, Donaldson PE teacher, had many volunteers to help. Freeze pops awaited each student at the end of the day! Thanks to everyone who made this a special day for our students!

Math 24 Donaldson District competitors from left to right: Brett Kot, Mason Day, Ella Chandler, Madison Pichi, and Erica Prologo.

Students in 4th grade were invited to participate in an annual Math 24 Challenge organized by the Horizons teachers-Mr. Dowd (Wilson), Mr. Hamm (McKee), and Mrs. Koraido (Donaldson). The 24 Challenge is a tournament style competition based on the Math 24 Game Game which is a successful approach on improving problem solving and math skills. The spring session consisted of three practice periods and were held on Wednesdays in the Donaldson LGI before Above: 1st grade students play an outdoor version school. The purpose of these sessions was to of TWISTER. Pictured from left to right: learn the game and to practice strategies. StuAutumn Bielecki, Angie Dottavio, Tanj dents that participated were Amelia Wheatley, Noona, and Brock Cornell. Erica Prologo, Lauren Toulouse, Rachel MaDONALDSON 2ND GRADER mula, Ella Chandler, Julianna Schuler, Mason TAKES 2ND PLACE IN PBS Day, Aiden O‟Toole, Brayden Fayad, Joseph Pustover, Parker Brown, Brett Kot, Rohan WRITING CONTEST Penumetcha, Andrew Visloski, Zachary Carter, By Kate Miller and Reese Bielecki Marianth Halkia, Mackenzie Evers, Ava Pustover, and Madison Pichi. Semi finalists from the Congratulations to Donaldson 2nd grader, spring session were selected to participate in Eva Lutz who won 2nd the district tournament, which was held in the place in the WQED/ PBS Donaldson Cafeteria on Tuesday, April 29th at 2014 Writers‟ Contest. 3:30 PM. The semi finalists representing The contest is in its 17th Donaldson at the district level were Ella Chanyear and was funded by the EQT Foundadler, Madison Pichi, Brett Kot, Mason Day, and tion. Students in kindergarten, first, second, Erica Prologo. At the District Tournament, all or third grade could participate. The title of Eva‟s story is Lopsha and the Trail of Tears, students played two- fifteen minute rounds. which includes original artwork. The entries The scores from those rounds were compiled were judged on originality, creative expres- and four students from the district (three from sion, storytelling and integration of text and Donaldson and one from McKee) advanced to illustrations. According to the WQED web- the „face off‟ round, which was ten minutes in site, “The WQED/PBS Writing Contest length. From that round, medalist were deterwas designed to promote the advancement mined. Gold medalist was Ella Chandler of children‟s literacy skills through hands-on (Donaldson), silver medalist was Jacob Stoltz active learning.” WQED Pittsburgh selected (McKee), and bronze medalists was Brett Kot local winners and awarded prizes at a cere(Donaldson). All students that participated remony to honor all of the finalists on Sunday May 11th. All finalists had the opportunity ceived a Math 24 bracelet and a Certificate of to record their winning story and received Achievement/Participation. Congratulations to prizes. In addition, all finalists‟ stories, both all students who participated in The Math 24 past and present will be featured on Satur- Game Challenge and Tournament. day Light Brigade in the summer of 2014which is broadcast on You can listen to Eva‟s story if you log onto Math 24 District Tournament medalists from left to right: Jacob Stoltz (McKee) – Silver, Ella Chandler (Donaldson)- Gold, and Brett Kot (Donaldson)- Bronze. Mr, Humbert, Donaldson music teacher and Grant Baurle, 5th grade student perform the National Anthem at the 2014 Track and Field Day Opening Ceremonies.

All girls that participated had a wonderful time! GOTR continued from pg .4

GOTR participants back row from left to right: Rebecca Miller, Taylor Coulter, Alexa Rebovich, Brianna Longo, Mackenzie Taranto, Gianno Giacomino, Viktoria Stang, Morgan Shansky, Caroline Bachowski, Delaney Evers, Keri Quasey, front row from left to right: Andrea Russo, Raashmitha Bayyana, Kate Miller, Makynlee Martin, Cori Wineland, Pranavi Penumetcha, Ally Shansky, Mackenzie Evers, MaKenzi O’Toole.

Teacher Appreciation continued from pg. 3

breakfast. On Tuesday, there were fresh apples and bananas. On Wednesday, May 7th, parents dropped of sweets to show just how sweet it is to work at Donaldson. On Thursday, May 8th, (Track and Field Day) there were water bottles and healthy snacks to balance out all of the junk food from the day before. On Friday, May 9th they served a hot lunch by Juliano‟s: pasta, grilled chicken salad, and sheet cake. They also raffled off flowers, stationary, and a photo sitting with Emily Davis Studios on Friday, May 9th. Donaldson teachers want to say, “THANK YOU!” It was a delicious week!

Mrs. Boesenberg welcomed her Congratulations to the following students who have MRS. BOESENBERG won prizes in the PTA‟s Otis Spunkmeyer fundraising DELIVERS BABY By Mya Clay new healthy baby boy on April 4, contest: Top Seller: Alexis Wischmann and Drawing

2014 at 12:03 PM. She named him Camden John. The baby weighed 8 Winner: Talon Zandonan each won $25 and a tub of lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 inches in cookie dough. Delaney Evers, Tanner Freshwater, length. The baby was born at and Joey Szyjko each won a tub of cookie dough. Mercy Hospital. Mrs. Boesenberg TECHNOLOGY INFUSED INTO WAX plans to enjoy the summer with her son and his big sister, Sophia MUSEUM PROJECT IN 3RD GRADE By Morgan Shansky (3). Both mom, dad and children nd th are doing well at home. Mrs. Boe- On June 2 and 5 , Mrs. Augustin‟s third grade class senberg returned to school on transformed the gym at Donaldson to a museum….. a wax museum! Each student chose and researched a famous Friday, May 30th.

Donaldson second grade teacher,

person, wrote a 5 paragraph biography and a biographical

MRS. KORAIDO FRACTURES LEG In December 2013, right before Christmas, Mrs. Koraido was painting the hallway in her Bed and Breakfast in Titusville, Pennsylvania. She was up on a ladder 6 feet high when the ladder tipped over, causing her to severely break her left tibia plateau with multiple fractures. On a pain scale from one to ten, it was a ten! Mrs. Koraido had to have two surgeries for her leg. During the first surgery, she had to get 4 holes in her leg to be able to insert an external fixation device that she had to wear for 2 weeks. Although instead of 4 holes, Mrs. Koraido got 5 because the surgeon made a mistake! The surgeon had to initial her left leg because he had to know which leg to operate on. For the 2nd surgery, Mrs. Koraido got two titanium plates and nine screws in her leg. She also had to wear a brace after so she couldn‟t bend her knee or leg. She wore the brace for what seemed like months. While being out for 28 days, Mrs. Koraido read and was in constant contact with the Horizon‟s BEFORE

By Morgan Shansky summary and then became that famous person as a „wax

sub, Mrs. Burke. Mrs. Burke was great , and every Horizon student wants to say thank you for being so terrific. She kept the students on track with their tasks and helped finalize and publish the 2nd edition of The Donaldson Daily. Mrs. Koraido was very thankful and proud. “She did a wonderful job.” says Mrs. Koraido. After coming back on February 17, 2014, Mrs. Koraido has been going to physical therapy three times a week. At first, she started out in a wheelchair, then progressed to a walker, after that she used crutches, and now is back on her feet without having to use any walking aids. Mrs. Koraido will continue physical therapy for at least a year and hopes to gain as much function back in her leg as possible. Horizon students are glad to have Mrs. Koraido back. The illustrations below are Mrs. Koraido‟s actual xrays. Mrs. Koraido‟s advice: Don‟t climb ladders! AFTER

Femur Patella Tibia Plateau Titanium Screws Fractures Tibia Fibula

figure‟. Students created and dressed in their own unique costumes for figures such as Queen Isabella, Walt Disney and Cleopatra. Using the summary, students created an Edmodo on line video, Their Edmodo video was linked with a QR code that could be scanned. Guests that came to see the museum could touch the sticker on the left hand of the „wax figure‟, for it to come to life and read the biographical summary of the famous person from an index card. If guests wanted to see the Edmodo video of that famous person, they simply scanned the QR code on the summary card using the App QR Reader with their mobile device to access and view the video. Wax participants:

Pictured left to right. Back row: Sarah Elske, Delaney Evers, Liam Scheider, Nicholas Sabo, Johnny Susanek, Kayla Howard, Delaney McQuaide, Reilly Lada. Middle row: Kristina Fatigati, Alex Mack, Aidan Porter, Megan Russo, Matthew Pfeffer, Dylan Panazzi. Front Row:, Brailon Slutiak, Natalie Damon, Mona Wright, Luke Gyergyo, Mark Rose.

Pictured left to right: Back row: Max Cruise, Olivia Hellmann, Ty Watters, Madison Nai, Ryan Landry, Zach Marshall. Middle row: Owen Casuccio, Jackson DeCesaro, Destiny Coker, Dominic Fiordilino, Kayla Hay, Emma Yanek, Trevor Kariman. Front row: Logen Mackey, Victoria Mock, Sophia Morton, Jaycob Schubert, Ella Sekelik, Ally Shansky.

Find the answers to these questions to solve the riddle. Circle the correct answer and put that letter on the line at the bottom.

What did the chef say to the skeleton?


How many bones are in an adult human body?

144 = D

206 = B


Is the funny bone really a bone?

Yes = A

No = O


Babies are born with less bones that an adult.

Yes = L

No = N


What is the biggest bone in the human body?

Femur = E

Spine = U


What is the only bone not connected to another bone?

Hyoid = A

Vertebra = P


What do bones need in order to stay strong?

Vitamin L = R

Calcium = P


What is the smallest bone in the human body?

Stirrup = P

Ulna = D


________ connects muscle to bones.

Ligaments = O

Tendons = E


How many bones are in the ear?

3 =T

5 = M

10 You have 12 of this type of bone.

Rib = I

Pelvis = W

11 A point where two bones meet in the body is a ...

Knee = Y

Joint = T

12 The foot bone‟s connected to the _____________.

Skull = R

Ankle Bone = E


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