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Special Section: Education Top five classroom trends; jobs of the future; choosing the right college; paying for college.

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New Community Recreation Center The focus of Collier Township shifts from the park to the new community recreation center after groundbreaking ceremony.

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Collier Township breaks ground on a new community recreation center for residents. Township officials believe this new structure will accommodate all of the residents’ recreational needs.

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Heidelberg Fire Department Gets $23,000 Grant

The Heidelberg Fire Department received a $23,261 FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant, which was presented at the Heidelberg Family Night in the Park gathering by United States Congressman Tim Murphy. The grant will enable the HVFD to purchase new fire helmets, boots and emergency radio equipment. “We thank Congressman Murphy for his support, as these much needed grant funds will allow our fire company to make necessary upgrades to our radio equipment, while properly outfitting many of our new members with new helmets and boots,” said Fire Chief Joe Wissel, Jr.

Washington Elementary School (1985-95) are also on display. There are photos from Cook, Kirwan and St. Agatha schools. Maybe you can help identify some of the students? Over the list of schools is a photo of a hand-carved eagle from Lincoln High School, and we're trying to identify who carved it and when. Varsity jackets, class rings, report cards, prom pictures, cheerleader photos along with programs and club pins are some of the sweet memories of the past that you will enjoy. The display will run until the end of August and there will be a monthly drawing for a gift basket. The Bridgeville Historical Society is located in the Kathleen Banks Building, 441 Station Street, Bridgeville. Call 412/2214052 for more information, or email mail@ bridgevillehistory.org. Hours of operation are Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Chartiers Valley Grad Receives Presidential Scholarship

Bridgeville Area Historical Society Displays Sports Exhibit

Mementos and pictures will be on display throughout this summer. Stop in and see memories from Washington Grade School, Lincoln and Bridgeville High School and more. Enjoy a trip down memory lane as you view photos of very early schools, students, and educators. Bridgeville High School (1922-25) and plaques are displayed along with yearbooks (1925-69). Yearbooks from 6 724/942-0940 to advertise | Chartiers Valley

Jennifer Rickens, who graduated on June 6, ninth out of a class of 244, was one of five Thiel Presidential Scholars to win a full scholarship to Thiel College. The value of the scholarship is $108,000. Rickens plans to major in physics and minor in French at Thiel’s Dietrich Honors Institute, and will play on the lacrosse team. She also is enrolled in the 3:3 Program – three at Thiel and two at the University of Pittsburgh for biomedical engineering. Rickens competed against more than 270 students in order to be considered one of the five full tuition winners. She had to complete an essay and an interview with faculty members. Among her academic achievements so far, Rickens made Highest Honor Roll every semester throughout high school career;


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helped collect and sort toys for Toys for Tots; was a member of the 2011-12 Girls of Steel Robotics Team, which won the Engineering Excellence Award; was a four-year varsity letterman in lacrosse and cheerleading; and a member of the Engineering Advisory Committee.

Advocacy Award Established in Honor of Late Guidance Counselor

At the end of the year’s final school assembly on June 7, 2013, Geoffrey Madge was awarded the "Geri Ruggieri Advocacy Award.” Named for Geraldine “Geri” Ruggieri, the guidance counselor at Chartiers Valley intermediate school since 1996, the award was set up by a fifth-grade teacher in her name upon her retirement in 2012. The award is given to the fifth grade student that exemplified her spirit and traits. Unbeknownst to Ruggieri at the time of her retirement, she had a rare form of cancer that was not curable. She was diagnosed 2 days before her 57th birthday on July 6, 2012.. Despite chemotherapy and surgery, Geri passed away on Feb. 21, 2013. Ruggieri’s contributions extended beyond the guidance office. She had established a program in the late 1990s called the “Peer Helper Program,” which, by her final year as school guidance counselor, had 40 students enrolled in it.

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New this year, in addition to our regular Hebrew School Program held at the Chabad of the South Hills in Mt. Lebanon on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Chabad is offering a brand new, once-aweek program on Wednesday from 4:30 to 6 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. This new

program will be divided into three separate, seven-week sessions, and is designed to give your child basic Jewish skills and love and knowledge of his/her heritage. You can do 1, 2, or all 3 of the Wednesday sessions. You can choose to do both Sunday and Wednesday combined, or just Wednesdays or Sundays. Classes are for children aged 4-13, and no membership or affiliation is required. Scholarships are available. Call 412/344-2424 or visit chabadsh.com for more information.

Farmer’s Market & Flea Market The Bridgeville Farmer’s Market & the Bridgeville Flea Market takes place every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m., behind Northwest Savings, 431 Washington Pike, and at 415 Station Street (Triangle Park, near the caboose). Treat yourself to some fresh produce, delicious Amish baked goods, awardwinning fudge and the offerings of many diverse hot food vendors. If you would like to volunteer or be a vendor, please call Liz at 412/720-5142.

The Joy of Christmas Craft Show Saturday, November 23 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. St. Louise DeMarillac School & Parish Center 320 McMurray Road, Upper St. Clair Admission and one ticket for Chinese Auction: $2.00 115 crafters, bake sale, candy sale Lunch available Sponsored by the DeMarillac Guild

Free Square Dance Fun Night

Peanut Squares Square Dance Club is sponsoring two free nights of square dancing for those who would like to learn and experience square dancing: Thursday, September 19, from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m., at Sts. Simon and Jude, 1607 Greentree Road; and Thursday, September 26, from 7:30 to 9:15 p.m. at Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mt Lebanon. No experience, costumes or partner required. Ages nine to 90 are welcome. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call Ruth at 412/221-1192 or Paul at 412/735-2423.

Spaghetti Dinner Benefit for Sydney Hawk September 15 • 1 to 5 p.m. Bridgeville Volunteer Fire Hall Advance Tickets - $8; Children 12 and under - $4 Call 412/257-8081 Sydney is the daughter of Joe and Karin Hawk and little sister to Addison Marie, a first grader at Chartiers Valley Primary School. They are Bridgeville residents and members of Holy Child Parish. Sydney loves to dance, play pretend, read stories, and most of all play with her big sister Addie. On March 5, Sydney was diagnosed with Acute Lymphatic Leukemia. To donate, go to: bit.ly/16skmUj online. ■ Chartiers Valley | Fall 2013 | icmags.com 7


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NH care is frequently used on a short term basis for patients rehabilitating from medical procedures such as knee or hip replacement. This short term setting is usually the first introduction that a person will encounter with a nursing home. There are a variety of funding sources and planning options for people at all of the levels of care mentioned herein, and there are other options available beyond those discussed here. However, the important thing to remember in considering a move out of your home is that there are options for a variety of lifestyles and budgets. If you have not ever toured a community recently, you might be surprised at the “near home” feel of these communities and the great lengths the designers and staff have gone to in making the living experience one to look forward to, rather than avoid. Consider that many people end up in nursing homes as a last resort because they have not planned in advance to maintain a healthy lifestyle (and not just from a purely medical perspective) and by the time they (or their family members) realize that they truly need help, the options are much more limited. Julian Gray and Frank Petrich are both Certified Elder Law Attorneys with over 55 years of combined elder law experience who practice in the Pittsburgh area at Julian Gray Associates. Send questions for consideration in this column to elderlawguys@grayelderlaw.com and visit their web site at www.grayelderlaw.com

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FOR MANY AGING ADULTS, A PRIMARY GOAL IS TO “AGE IN PLACE”. WHILE THIS PHRASE CAN BE INTERPRETED IN MANY WAYS, THE USUAL THOUGHT IS TO REMAIN IN OUR HOMES AS WE GROW OLD. However, for many, staying at home is sometimes not practical, whether involuntary (a result of medical needs or finances), or voluntary (I just want to get the heck out of my house and try a new lifestyle!). Unfortunately, many people generically use the term “nursing home” to describe just about any building containing multiple beds that is neither a hotel nor a hospital. While nursing homes are one option for elderly people needing a significant amount of daily medical care, there are a variety of other options available that vary in the type of care (or no care) provided, price and lifestyle. In fact, nursing homes are usually reserved for chronically ill people nearing the end of their lives. There is much more to living before we get to that point! Independent Living (IL): IL offers seniors the freedom of living in an apartment style setting. The type of IL unit can vary greatly from one community to another, such as a studio, one or two bedroom living unit. Many of these communities host a wide variety of amenities. The “feel” for each community is very different, ranging from apartment building to country club. The lifestyles of residents vary as well, with many IL residents being able to still stay active while living in their new community. IL can be a very sensible option that is affordable compared to the cost of maintaining one’s home. Personal Care Home (PC): This type of community was previously referred to as “assisted living”. And, as the name suggests, residents in this type of community are able to receive assistance with their activities of daily living (ADL’s) while still maintaining an independent lifestyle in an apartment- type setting (similar to IL units). The physical setting of the PC home can vary greatly from a small home style setting to a large apartment structure with dozens of units. Nursing Homes (NH): Contrary to popular belief, most people who live in a community other than their home do not reside in a nursing home. The usefulness and popularity of IL and PC communities has increased greatly and NH care is reserved for people with significant physical, emotional or mental conditions that require 24 hour/day care. Nursing homes (also known as skilled nursing facilities) have registered nurses and a licensed physician to supervise each patient’s care. 8 724/942-0940 to advertise | Chartiers Valley

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hen it comes to education, too much is never enough. And in a world where job competition is fierce, parents believe the more educated their child is, the better their chances of getting that rewarding, high-salaried position that will allow them to grow as a professional, support a family and pad their 401(k). But ask any high school junior what they plan on majoring in, and you’re almost guaranteed to be met with a blank stare.

Traditional college is a smart choice, but for today’s students, other options are available that do not require a degree. The job market indicates an increasing demand for skilled trades, non-degreed and service professionals which is quickly outpacing those who can deliver it. In this special section, we take a look at college preparation — from choosing the right preschool to prepping for SATs, as well as some alternatives to college that promise a bright future without the need for a four-year degree. Chartiers Valley | Fall 2013 | icmags.com 9


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hile a college degree does garner some credibility and an advantage in finding a well-paying job, there has been an increase in demand for people who have the right skills, and not necessarily a degree, in certain industries. According to a recent story featured in Forbes magazine, jobs of the future are comparably “low-skilled,� meaning they still require a lot of all-around intelligence to succeed, but not a degree. For example, carpentry has experienced a 56 percent growth, and medical secretaries have seen an increase of 41 percent in recent years. Other top jobs include web developers, which has

a median salary of more than $75,000 a year and has risen in popularity among those who are self-taught or who have only a minimal amount of college training. In fact, the demand for people in this field is so great that companies do not view it as a disadvantage if the person does not have a college degree, particularly the smaller start-up companies. Plumbers can make more than $46,000, a profession that is expected to grow 26 percent in the next few years. Paralegal assistants, electricians and industrial machine repairers are also professions that can expect an annual salary of more than $46,000. Administrative executive assistants could see a salary of more than $34,000. Bookkeepers and pest control specialists can

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Carpentry has experienced a growth of

earn more than $30,000, while receptionists and skin care specialists may be paid more than $25,000. A possible reason for this recent upward trend in jobs that do not require a college degree, may be that there is a heavier demand for people who offer actual services and specific skill sets. Caring for an aging population is one of the reasons that jobs like home health aides and personal care aides are at the top of the fastest growing jobs list compiled by the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, as reported by CareerCast.com. But right below these two occupations are biomedical engineers, which anticipates a 61 percent growth by 2020. Jobs such as brickmasons, blockmasons, stonemasons and tile and marble setters, expect to grow at least 60 percent by 2020. Veterinary technicians and technologists are expected to grow in demand by 52 percent. Reinforcing iron and rebar workers will increase by nearly 47 percent, physical therapy assistants by 46 percent, pipelayers and steamfitters by 45 percent, meeting and event planners by 44 percent and diagnostic medical sonographers by 43 percent. These fields all rank near the top of the list in popularity and expected job growth. According to Forbes, many of these types of jobs do not require a college education because a person could potentially learn more about them with onthe-job training as opposed to sitting in a college classroom. Many people who enter “non-degreed�

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professions are self-taught and begin freelancing with a few clients. Through wordof-mouth, they are able to grow enough to launch their own business. For the most part, the trend remains that college graduates still stand to earn more in their lifetimes than non-graduates, as companies will continue to look for the bachelor’s degree on a resume. However, there is a bright future for non-graduates with much potential if they have the desire and motivation to be successful.

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ne thing is for sure; school is not what it used to be. No longer are college students expected to sit for long periods of time in one classroom, listening to one professor while feverishly taking notes. Today, students have a wide array of schooling options, study tools and reference materials that make it easier to get the grade. Among these latest trends are:

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Social Media: Social media has given students access to a whole new way of communicating and learning. In today’s classrooms, professors are blogging, maintaining Twitter and Facebook accounts and even communicating with students through these mediums. Students also have access to YouTube and may even be required to produce and post videos as a part of their learning curriculum. Students may find it helpful to use social media techniques to find employment since many sites, such as LinkedIn, give job seekers the venue to create resumes and profiles that are searchable by potential employers. Graduates can also begin networking with professionals in their desired field.

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Online Learning: No longer is traveling to a school building and sitting at a desk beside 25 other students part of school requirements. Students who want to pursue chosen fields of study can learn from home and study at their own pace laptop style. In fact, according to the Bacon Survey Research Group, the number of students enrolled in at least one online course increased for the ninth straight year. The study reports that the number of students taking online courses has surpassed six million and nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course. Some universities such as the University of CaliforniaBerkeley, Johns Hopkins University and Stanford, even offer free online

courses, a trend that is expected to continue in coming years.

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Massive Open Online Course: Massive open online course, or MOOC, is a relatively new way for students to learn. MOOC is a course that is offered exclusively online to provide large interactive participation and open access through the Internet. MOOCs offer all of the traditional types of course materials, but also provide interactive user forums that help build communities among students and teachers and teaching assistants. These free courses only require the use of a computer and an Internet connection. As an extra incentive, there is some discussion about awarding official college credits to students who take these


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courses, which continue to grow in popularity around the globe, as they are offered in nearly 200 countries in 44 different languages and have more than 4,500 testing centers.

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Better Job Market: Students graduating now may enter a better job market than students from previous years. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies expect to hire 9 percent more 2012 graduates than in 2011. And, students who have studied in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) have even greater odds of landing a job.

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Game-Based Learning: While still a new concept for both students and teachers alike, game-based learning, or GBL, is a method of learning that is growing in popularity and has proven to be

an effective method of teaching. These games are designed exclusively to provide educational value to students in any type of educational environment. They are designed to teach students about certain subjects, reinforce growth and development, encourage the development of new skills, or understand an event that took place in history. GBL methods include boards, cards and video games and incorporate methods like learning simulations with both

serious games and video games into the classroom. In addition, this method offers both gameplay and subject matter so that students can easily remember what they have learned and get ready to apply it in the real world. Although this method is still in its infancy, it is expected to expand in growth in the coming years. The way we learn is changing and it is broadening our horizons, our skills and our possibilities.

The number of students taking online courses has surpassed

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and nearly one-third of all students in higher education are taking at least one online course.

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Choosing the Right College

You made it. You got through grade school, succeeded in high school, and now the search begins… for the perfect college. You may already have your eye on a school, or you may be keeping your options open. Whatever your situation, there are some pointers to keep in mind when making your decision. To start, make a list of the colleges in which you are most interested. Divide the list into three categories: top choices, acceptable choices and sure-things. You also may want to add the reasons they interest you and the factors that make them unique. Seek out advice from those you trust – high school teachers, guidance counselors, friends and family members or school alumni – and ask why they favor a particular school. Also consider your educational goals and the field of study you would like to pursue. If one of your top choices does not offer that particular major, it may be safe to scratch it off your list. Another important component to consider is the social atmosphere and the type of housing accommodations the school has to offer. Do you want to attend a school where the students never sleep, or would you prefer to live in a quiet, non-party environment? Make sure the school that you choose will make you feel comfortable so you can succeed academically. Seek out printed information about the school. Directories, websites, maps and newsletters will help you navigate the campus and enable you to decide if this is where you want to spend the next four, or more, years. Lastly, talk to college representatives and staff on campus. Interview them about their likes and dislikes about the school, the academic and non-academic programs that the school offers and the types of financial aid that are available. Most importantly, make sure the school will meet your needs and help you to excel in whatever path you choose.

The SATs – Preparation is the Buzz Word You know there is no way around it. If you want to go to college, you must do well on the dreaded SAT test. This single event can lead to many sleepless nights and bouts of nervous anxiety. But if you head into the testing center armed with a few special tips, you may score well ahead of the game. For starters, begin preparing and studying for the test months in advance. Find practice tests or study guides online and upon completion of these practice exams, study the results. Find out why you scored wrong on a particular question and look at what you did right. Perhaps the best way to aid in preparation is to take challenging courses in high school. Take plenty of math and science courses and make sure that your reading comprehension and writing skills are in order. Develop a plan to study for the SATs for an allotted amount of time each day. Seek out the aid of a specialized tutoring service, such as the SAT tutoring offered at Huntington, which may not only help you with your studying, but may increase your confidence and calm your nerves. If you decide to take the test twice, learn from your experience the first time. Research the questions you got wrong on the first test and learn why you got them wrong. As the day of test approaches, do something relaxing the night before, such as reading a book and getting a good night’s sleep. Wake up early enough to eat a nutritious breakfast and plan to arrive at the testing center early. Finally, be sure you are prepared with the right materials – a valid ID for access to the testing center and several number 2 pencils. With preparation, you will find that the test-taking anxiety you initially felt, will be replaced with confidence and satisfaction.

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Paying for College You have your heart set on going to college. Now you need to pay for it. Planning ahead will not only help you save money, but may save you time, as well. First, plan ahead. Simply depositing a minimal amount of money into a savings account years ahead of college will pay off big when the bills for tuition and books start to come. There are a couple of easy methods for saving. The first is to write yourself a check each month that automatically goes into your college account. Or, simply have a part of your paycheck directly deposited into the account. Also, know that you do not have to save for the entire four years of school. There are options like financial aid, grants and loans available that can help to cover expenses and minimize the economic impact on your wallet. Consider investing in a prepaid tuition program, which enables you to prepay for tomorrow’s college tuition at today’s costs. Or, choose a 529 college savings plan, which has no guarantee of earnings, but can be used at any college, for any expense, and has specific tax advantages. Websites such as SavingforCollege.com, offer valuable resources for planning and maximizing your college tuition and other expenses. Most states have a website that contains information about prepaid tuition programs or 529 college savings plans. If you are beginning to save more than five years from the college entrance date, consider investing in mutual funds through a professional fund manager. If you have less than five years before entering college, consider other options such as savings accounts, money market accounts and certificates of deposit. With a little planning and some smart budgeting, paying for college is an attainable goal.


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Occupations with the most job growth, 2010 projected 2020 (Numbers in thousands) Employment 2010 National Employment Matrix Title and Code

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3,440.2

489.5

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26,610

35-3021

Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food

2,682.1

3,080.1

398.0

14.8

17,950

43-4051

Customer Service Representatives

2,187.3

2,525.6

338.4

15.5

30,460

53-3032

Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers

1,604.8

1,934.9

330.1

20.6

37,770

53-7062

Laborers and Freight, Stock, and Material Movers, Hand

2,068.2

2,387.3

319.1

15.4

23,460

25-1000

Postsecondary Teachers

1,756.0

2,061.7

305.7

17.4

45,690

31-1012

Nursing Aides, Orderlies, and Attendants

1,505.3

1,807.2

302.0

20.1

24,010

39-9011

Childcare Workers

1,282.3

1,544.3

262.0

20.4

19,300

43-3031

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

1,898.3

2,157.4

259.0

13.6

34,030

41-2011

Cashiers

3,362.6

3,612.8

250.2

7.4

18,500

25-2021

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education

1,476.5

1,725.3

248.8

16.8

51,660

43-4171

Receptionists and Information Clerks

1,048.5

1,297.0

248.5

23.7

25,240

37-2011

Janitors and Cleaners, Except Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners

2,310.4

2,556.8

246.4

10.7

22,210

37-3011

Landscaping and Groundskeeping Workers

1,151.5

1,392.3

240.8

20.9

23,400

41-4012

Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products

1,430.0

1,653.4

223.4

15.6

52,440

47-2061

Construction Laborers

998.8

1,211.2

212.4

21.3

29,280

43-6013

Medical Secretaries

508.7

718.9

210.2

41.3

30,530

43-1011

First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers

1,424.4

1,627.8

203.4

14.3

47,460

47-2031

Carpenters

1,001.7

1,197.6

196.0

19.6

39,530

35-3031

Waiters and Waitresses

2,260.3

2,456.2

195.9

8.7

18,330

33-9032

Security Guards

1,035.7

1,230.7

195.0

18.8

23,920

25-9041

Teacher Assistants

1,288.3

1,479.3

191.1

14.8

23,220

13-2011

Accountants and Auditors

1,216.9

1,407.6

190.7

15.7

61,690

29-2061

Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses

752.3

920.8

168.5

22.4

40,380

29-1060

Physicians and Surgeons

691.0

859.3

168.3

24.4

111,570

31-9092

Medical Assistants

527.6

690.4

162.9

30.9

28,860

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The Coming Correction? Is the end in sight for the current bull market? By Daniel L. Henry ou may recall that my most recent Chartiers Valley IN Community article dealt with questions of investors “self-navigating” versus getting “help-navigating.” As it relates to our current topic, the potential for a market correction, many self-navigators are already safely on the sidelines. In fact, the exodus to cash for them may have started last summer, due to the then pending presidential election and “Fiscal Cliff ” worries. While running for a perceived safer haven assuaged fears, those self-navigators also missed out on a great market advance. Even recently, we saw a sharp decline in the Dow, which closed on June 18th at 15,318 and then over the next four trading sessions, fell to 14,569. That mini-scare represented a loss of nearly 5%. Fast forward to now; I certainly believe that the stock market will correct, which is defined as a 10% loss. In that I believe a correction at some point is inevitable, I still recommend that longterm investors adhere to a long-term plan. Consider these quick stats regarding previous bull and bear markets with S&P 500 data from 1949 through 2012 (source: Putnam Investments): BULLS: There have been 14 Bull markets. The average Bull lasts 41 months and increases 110%.

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BEARS: There have been 13 Bear markets. The average Bear lasts 14 months and decreases 24%. What’s not to like about these averages? Buying and holding has proven to be historically profitable. The current bull market, which started on March 9, 2009 when the Dow closed at 6,547, has lasted 52 months and has seen a gain of over 125%. Does it make sense to continue to ride this current bull? This Industry Insight was written by Dan Henry, CLU. Dan Henry, CLU, is a Partner with Henry Wealth Management, LLC, an independent financial services firm located at 1370 Washington Pike, Bridgeville, PA. Dan may be reached at 412.838.0200 or through email; Dan@HenryWealth.com. The firm’s website is www.HenryWealth.com. Securities and InvestmentAdvisory Services through, NFP Securities, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. NFP Securities, Inc. is not affiliated with Henry Wealth Management, LLC. The opinions expressed in this commentary are those of the authors and may not necessarily reflect those held by NFP Securities, Inc. Asset allocation does not protect against loss of principal due to market fluctuations. It is a method used to help manage investment risk. Dollar cost averaging does not assure a profit and does not protect against a loss in declining markets. This strategy involves continuous investing; you should consider your financial ability to continue purchases no matter how prices fluctuate. The Dow Jones Industrial Average is a popular indicator of the stock market based on the average closing prices of 30 active U.S. stocks representative of the overall economy. The S&P 500 Index is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. You cannot directly invest in the index.

Beyond merely “riding out” or holding equity allocations at this point, what about buying? Yes, I said the “B” word. Who would consider buying now when the Dow recently reached an all-time high on July 23rd, closing at 15,568? (source: Yahoo Finance). Let’s add perspective in the form of a Q and A from the past 50 years (source: Dimensional Funds – analysis of S&P 500): QUESTION 1: In the past 50 years, how many all-time highs have there been? Answer: 718 QUESTION 2: In the past 50 years, upon reaching an all-time high, what is the probability that the Dow was even higher, one year later? Answer: 72.6% Does the current market have more room for growth? Should we go beyond merely holding what we have and actually consider buying more, cash flow and cash reserves permitting? According to many economists and seemingly the media, the answer is a hearty “no,” yet to others, a resounding “yes.” Brian Wesbury, whom I know and respect, is the Chief Economist of First Trust Portfolios, LLP. In his June 18th Wesbury 101 video commentary entitled “Stocks Are Up, But Still Cheap” he makes a compelling argument as to why the current bull market may well have more room for growth. His typical five minute educational video commentaries may be accessed at www.ftportfolios.com. Let’s close by considering five important investment tenants adhered to by Henry Wealth Management, LLC; 1. Keep ample emergency cash on hand – at least covering six months’ worth of expenses. 2. Invest excess cash and certainly, retirement assets utilizing global diversification and passive management at the foundation (ask us to define passive management if you like). 3. Invest using asset allocation, which is to determine the appropriate mix of equity to fixed income investments based on your age, years until needed and ability to accept volatility. 4. Consider “dollar-cost-averaging” which is to spread an intended investment over a period of months as opposed to an initial lump sum. 5. Accept that trying to outguess market movements tends to be a losing proposition. Invest rather in a portfolio that you can live with, and then live with it! Will the equity market correct at some point, or maybe has this already started? We believe it is far more important to develop and implement a correct investment strategy than it is to endlessly worry about market corrections. Chartiers Valley | Fall 2013 | icmags.com 17


Larry Souleret, Dan Franus, Kay Downey-Clarke, Timothy Young, George Macino, Mark Mustio, Bob Schuler, Mike Finnerty, Matt Smith, Nick Morelli, Tim Eckenrode, Gail Neustadt, Lisa Novak, Sal Sirabella (behind), Tim Murphy, Heidi Nevalia.

Collier Breaks Ground on New Community Recreation Center

By Camille Barnes | Photos by Primetime Shots

The focus of Collier Township shifts from the park to the new community recreation center after groundbreaking ceremony.

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esidents of Collier Township will soon get to enjoy a brand new community recreation center now that an official groundbreaking ceremony has moved the first shovels of dirt forward.

As part of Phase II of their plan to transform the late Charles E. Kelly Support Facility to a modern 71-acre park, the recreation center is being funded in multiple ways, including two competitive grants of $150,000 and $105,000, that the township was awarded. Thanks to that funding and the planning of township officials, the Recreation Center will hold numerous aspects to accommodate community needs for many years to come. continued on next page

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Collier Breaks Ground on New Community Recreation Center continued from previous page

Phase I, which is already complete, provided residents with fields and courts for the park. There are two basketball courts, two multipurpose fields, two pickle ball fields, a deck hockey field, and a colt-league baseball field. A sledding area and an outdoor amphitheater are also included in this phase. Phase II consists of the new Collier Community Recreation Center. “All aspects have been covered and we feel we have a complete Community Recreational facility that will accommodate the needs of Collier Township,” said Sal Sirabella, township manager. “All aspects are of a modern state-of-the-art facility that cover a gamut of recreational and community needs for the present and for the next 20 years.” The anticipated opening of the Community Center is to be summer 2014. Sirabella also explained that they have completed a one-year design process, competitively bid, and that those bids have been awarded. After receiving the generous donation of the 71-acre old army base, Collier Township was also awarded competitive grants of $150,000 and $105,000 for the project in January of 2012.

Architect Dan Franus

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“The project was [also] funded by operating fund reserves, 2013 and 2014 operating funds, and a bond issuance of $4 million,” Sirabella said. The planning for this extravagant facility has involved many people around the community. Aside from any direct community involvement, the Parks and Recreation Board and the Board of Commissioners, including President Bob Shuler and Vice President Kay Downey-Clarke, have been greatly absorbed in the planning and execution of the major project. The Board of Commissioners also welcomed a new member, Lisa D. Novak, in February of 2012, as the director of Parks and Recreation for the township. Novak has several degrees, making her a strong candidate for the position to take on such a project. She graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor's in Recreation Management, from West Virginia University with a Masters in Exercise Science, and received Clinical Exercise Specialist Certification from American College of Sports Medicine. Her hiring comes from being in recreation for over 30 years, from her first job at a racquetball club to her multitude of experience with facility management.


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The planning for this extravagant facility has involved many people around the community.

Novak assisted the architect, Franus Architectural Associates, Inc., in designing the community recreation center. Novak collaborated with the architect to point out things that work or do not work in facilities such as the community center. Such things would be “types of doors, things easy to clean and not easy to clean, and the flow of the building” said Novak. “Those are the types of things I brought to the table, things that you would not normally think of if you didn't have this much experience.”

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The anticipated opening of the community recreation center is to be in Summer 2014. The lobby will be very inviting with a fireplace, large television and view of the park for family members waiting or simply for members of the community to relax. “There's going to be a large stone wall in the lobby, which is striking. It will feature artwork from the community,” Novak said. “There will also be a banquet room and a party room right next door to the gym. A walking track wraps around the twostory gym. Other features in the facility include locker rooms, a fitness/dance studio, and a multipurpose room.” ■

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Meals On Wheels

More than Food Delivers

to Char Valley Residents

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By Jonathan Barnes

ust a couple of generations ago, people had more time to volunteer, creating a tight-knit weave of social services. These days, volunteers are harder to come by, even as nonprofits providing much-needed services to the community have seen their funding decrease. Somehow these organizations keep going, and some even manage to grow through the lean times.

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Meals On Wheels, based in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church at 601 Washington Ave., has been under financial strain in recent years like many local nonprofits, but nonetheless the group has taken on more responsibility to fill a growing need in the region. The group is undergoing a change in its business model, and is becoming a hub for services for the program in the area, expanding its services far beyond the borders of the borough. These days, Meals On Wheels provides hot and cold meals to seniors in Carnegie, Scott Township, Bridgeville and soon, to Beechview, too. Carnegie Mayor Jack Kobistek occasionally delivers meals for the organization, and he believes the service of providing meals to elderly and shut-ins is quite important. After all, need is based upon income and ability of the individual recipient. He also volunteers in other ways. Recently he helped raise $2,500 for a new stainless steel refrigerator for the MOW kitchen in St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church. “As with every nonprofit, [MOW] is trying to do more with less money,” Kobistek said. “The group desperately needs volunteers. It’s very rewarding work.” Volunteer drivers for the group must commit to delivering meals for at least one particular day per week. The routes take from 90 minutes to 2 hours to complete. The group serves four

routes on any given day, Monday through Friday. Meals On Wheels also provides emergency meals for people to have just in case during the winter, and frozen meals for holidays when deliveries won’t be happening. The group continues to accomplish this despite the federal budget sequester earlier which hit the program particularly hard. A nationwide survey of MOW by the Meals on Wheels Association of America resulted in some disappointing news including program cuts on average of 364 meals per week, 70 percent of programs establishing or adding to existing waiting lists, increased waiting lists on average by 58 seniors, and 40 percent of programs eliminating staff positions with one in six closing congregate meals sites or home-delivered meal programs. Many hands go into the effort of keeping the community fed, and some are unseen by recipients, but still an important part of the work. Not everyone wants to drive for the group, which is fine, since MOW can use the helping hands of folks who want to volunteer preparing meals for the people who will get them. The meals themselves are actually made by paid chefs, but a few steps are required to get the meals ready for delivery.

As with every nonprofit, [MOW] is trying to do more with less money. The group desperately needs volunteers. It’s very rewarding work.

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The group is crucial for a few reasons, said Kobistek, age 50. It gives elderly individuals who are in need a nice hot meal every day. It also provides contacts for people who are socially isolated, he said. “I do it because these people in the community need our help… It gives me a sense of joy and accomplishment, and I feel like I am doing something worthwhile,” Kobistek said. Sometimes, the interaction he has with people to whom he delivers meals is its own reward. “A lot of times, the conversations are really stimulating,” he said. ■

For more information about Meals On Wheels’ volunteer program, call Bob Colabianchi at 412/279-5670.

Senior Hunger Facts »» 1 in 7 Seniors is threatened by hunger. »» 8.3 million Seniors faced the threat of hunger in 2010. »» This reflects a 78% increase since 2001—and a 34% increase since the start of the recession in 2007. »» The threat of hunger for seniors increased in 44 states since 2007. Source: Gunderson, Craig and Ziliak, James. "Senior Hunger in America: An Annual Report." National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, May, 2012.

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Chartiers Valley School District Child Find and Annual Notice to Parents (CFR 300.125)

SERVICES FOR PROTECTED HANDICAPPED STUDENTS

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In compliance with state and federal law, the Chartiers Valley School District will provide to each protected handicapped student without discrimination or cost to the student or family, those related aids, services or accommodations which are needed to provide equal opportunity to participate in and obtain the benefits of the school program and extracurricular activities to the maximum extent appropriate to the student’s abilities. In order to qualify as a protected handicapped student the child must be of school age with a physical or mental disability, which substantially limits or prohibits participation in or access to an aspect of the school program. These services and protections for “protected handicapped students” are distinct from those applicable to all eligible or exceptional students enrolled (or seeking enrollment) in special education programs. For further information on the evaluation procedures and provision of services to protected handicapped students or eligible students, contact Lynne Dunnick, Director of Student Services at 412.429.2638 throughout the school year. NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES AND PROGRAMS Child Find Chartiers Valley School District Lynne Dunnick 2030 Swallow Hill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412.429.2638 Phone 412.429.2286 Fax Each school district, along with other public agencies in the Commonwealth, must establish and implement procedures to identify, locate and evaluate all children who need special education programs and services because of the child’s disability. This notice is to help find these children, offer assistance to parents and describe the parent’s rights with regard to confidentiality of information that will be obtained during the process. Each school district shall also conduct awareness activities to inform the public of gifted education services and programs and the manner by which to request these services and programs. The content of this notice has been written in English. If a person does not understand any of this notice, he or she should contact the school district and request an explanation.

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IDENTIFICATION ACTIVITY Child Find refers to activities undertaken by public education agencies to identify, locate, and evaluate children residing in the State, including children attending private schools, who are suspected of having disabilities, regardless of the severity of their disability, and determine the child’s need for special education and related services. The purpose is to locate these children so that a free appropriate public education (FAPE) can be made available. The types of disabilities, that if found to cause a child to need services are: Autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment due to chronic or acute health problems, specific learning disabilities (speech or language), traumatic brain injury and visual impairment including blindness, in the case of a child that is of preschool age developmental delay. Screening activities are also conducted to determine student need for gifted support services. The Chartiers Valley School District provides educational services for all eligible students either through district-operated classes, contracts with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit #3, Private Academic Schools, or Approved Private Schools. Classes providing Learning Support, Life-Skills Support, Emotional Support, Physical Support, Multiple Disabilities Support, and Autistic Support are available for students at beginning school age through age 21, if necessary. Additional services include hearing, vision, and speech and language support. Students found to meet eligibility criteria as “mentally gifted” may receive services through the district’s Gifted Education Programs. Each school district is required to annually provide notice describing the identification activities and the procedures followed to ensure confidentiality of personally identifiable information. This notice is intended to meet this requirement. Identification activities are performed to find a child who is suspected as having a disability that would interfere with his or her learning unless special education programs and services are made available. Children suspected of being "mentally gifted" who need specially designed instruction not ordinarily provided in the regular education program also go through screening activities. The activities include: Review of group data, conduct hearing and vision screening, assessment of student’s academic functioning, observation of the student displaying difficulty in behavior and determining the student’s response to attempted remediation. Input from parents is also an information source for identification. After a child is identified as a suspected child with a disability, he or she is evaluated, but is not evaluated before parents give permission for their child to be evaluated.

The school district will follow procedures outlined in the special education regulations (Chapter 14) for determining eligibility and need for special education services. Chapter 16 regulations will be followed to determine eligibility and need for Gifted Education services. CONFIDENTIALITY (CFR 300.127) If after screening, a disability is suspected, upon your permission, your child will be evaluated. Written records of the results are called an education record, which are directly related to your child and are maintained by the school districts. These records are personally identifiable to your child. Personally identifiable information includes the child’s name, the name of the child’s parents or other family member, the address of the child or their family, a personal identifier such as social security number, a list of characteristics that would make the child’s identity easily traceable or other information that would make the child’s identity easily traceable. The school district will gather information regarding your child’s physical, mental, emotional and health functioning through testing and assessment, observation of your child, as well as through review of any records made available to the school district through your physician and other providers of services such as day care agencies. The school district protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information by one school official being responsible for ensuring the confidentiality of the records, training being provided to all persons using the information, and maintaining for public inspection a current list of employee’s names and positions who may have access to the information. The school district will inform you when this information is no longer needed to provide educational services to your child and will destroy the information at designated intervals, except general information such as your child’s name, address, phone number, grades, attendance record and classes attended, grade level completed, may be maintained without time limitation. As the parent of the child you have a number of rights regarding the confidentiality of your child’s records. The right to inspect and review any education records related to your child are collected, maintained, or used by the school district. The school district will comply with a request for you to review the records without unnecessary delay before any meetings regarding planning for your child’s special education program


The Department of Education will investigate the matter, issue a report of findings and necessary corrective action within 60 days. The Department will take necessary action to ensure compliance is achieved. Complaints alleging failures of the school district with regard to confidentiality of personally identifiable information may also be filed with: Family Policy Compliance Office U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Ave, SW Washington, DC 20202-4605 Chartiers Valley School District will provide ongoing screening services. If you wish to learn more, have questions, or believe your child may need to be identified, please contact: Chartiers Valley School District Lynne Dunnick Director of Student Services 2030 Swallow Hill Road Pittsburgh, PA 15220 412.429.2639 Phone 412.429.2237 Fax EARLY INTERVENTION IDENTIFICATION In Pennsylvania, a child between three years of age and the school district’s age to begin school who has a developmental delay or one or more of the physical or mental conditions listed above, will be identified as an “eligible young child.” The parents of these children have the same rights described above. The Pennsylvania Department of Education is responsible for providing programs and services to eligible young children under Act 212 of 1990, the Early Intervention Services System Act. Screening for preschool children is available through the DART Program operated by Allegheny Intermediate Unit. To schedule an appointment for screening call Dr. Susan Sams, Program Director of DART at 412.394.5816. For additional information, contact Lynne Dunnick at 412.429.2638. POTENTIAL INDICATORS OF WEAKNESSES IN THE DEVELOPMENTAL DOMAIN AREAS AND OTHER RISK FACTORS THAT COULD INDICATE A DISABILITY Requirement of Section 14.212(b) A developmental delay is determined by the results of a developmental evaluation. The results of one or more domain areas (adaptive, personalsocial, communication, motor or cognitive) have to show at least a 25% delay or a score of 1.5 standard deviations below the mean (Standard Score of 77 or below). The delay results in the need for specially

designed intervention/instruction (SDI) in order to participate in typical activities and routines. Children with a developmental delay may show weaknesses in the following areas: Adaptive – Pre-kindergarten aged children with a developmental delay may have difficulty dressing/ undressing; using utensils to eat, removing shoes without assistance, distinguishing between nonfood/food substances, or have difficulty with toileting needs. One may have difficulty moving independently around the house, understanding that hot is dangerous, putting away toys when asked, indicating an illness or ailment to an adult, or demonstrating caution and avoiding common dangers. Personal-Social – Pre-kindergarten aged children with a developmental delay may have difficulty responding positively to adult praise, rewards or promise of rewards; greeting familiar adults spontaneously, enjoying simple stories read aloud, helping with simple household tasks, initiating social interaction with familiar adults, expressing affection/ liking for peers, playing cooperatively with peers, stating first name, last name, age, or whether he is a male/female; using objects in make-believe play, using ‘I’ or ‘me’ to refer to himself, or recognizing facial expressions of common emotions. Communication - Pre-kindergarten aged children with a developmental delay may have difficulty following 2-step verbal commands, associating spoken words with pictures, recalling events from a story presented orally; engaging in extended and meaningful nonverbal exchanges with others, using words to get his/her needs met, responding to ‘yes’ and ‘no’ questions appropriately, or asking ‘wh’ questions. Motor - Pre-kindergarten aged children with a developmental delay may have difficulty running without falling, kicking a ball without falling, walking up and down steps alternating feet without assistance, walking backward, imitating the bilateral movements of an adult, pointing with his/her index finger independent of the thumb and other fingers, scribbling linear and/or circular patterns spontaneously, using the pads of fingertips to grasp a pencil, holding a paper with one hand while drawing or writing with the other hand, fastening clothing without assistance, cutting with scissors, copying a circle, or imitating vertical and horizontal markings. Cognitive - Pre-kindergarten aged children with a developmental delay may have difficulty attending to one activity for 3 or more minutes, reciting memorized lines from songs or TV shows, showing interest in age-appropriate books, matching/naming colors, responding to one and one more, giving three objects on request, matching shapes, identifying objects by their use, identifying items by size, identifying colors of

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Pennsylvania Department of Education Bureau of Special Education Division of Compliance 333 Market Street Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333

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(called an IEP meeting). Should you and your school district disagree about your child’s special education supports and services and a due process hearing is requested, the school district will furnish you with the opportunity to inspect and review your child’s records, within 30 days. You have the right to an explanation and interpretations of the records, to be provided copies of the records if failure to provide the copies would effectively prevent you from exercising your right to inspect and review the records, and the right to have a representative inspect and review the records. This review is conducted with the assistance of an appropriate school district staff member. Upon your request, the school district will provide you a list of the types and location of education records collected, maintained, or used by the agency. Additionally, the school district will charge a fee for copies of records made in response to your request except, it will not charge a fee if doing so will prevent you from inspecting and reviewing your child’s records. A current list of reasonable fees relative to records request is available in the district’s central office. The district will not charge a fee to search or retrieve information. You have the right to request in writing the amendment of your child’s education records that you believe are inaccurate or misleading, or violate the privacy or other rights of your child. The school district will decide whether to amend the records within 45 school days of receipt of your request. If the school district refuses to amend the records you will be notified of the refusal and your right to a hearing. You will be given at that time, additional information regarding the hearing procedures. Upon written request, the district will schedule and provide written notice of the hearing to challenge information in your child’s education files. Parent consent is required before personally identifiable information contained in your child’s education records is disclosed to anyone other than officials of the school district collecting or using the information for purposes of identification of your child, locating your child and evaluating your child or for any other purpose of making available a free appropriate public education to your child. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Additionally, the school district, upon request, discloses records without consent to officials of another school district in which your child seeks or intends to enroll. A parent may file a written complaint with the Pennsylvania Department of Education at the following address alleging that the rights described in this notice were not provided.


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familiar objects not in view, or identifying simple objects by touch. OTHER FACTORS THAT COULD INDICATE A DISABILITY Developmental disabilities are birth defects related to a problem with how a body part or body system works. They may also be known as functional birth defects. Many of these conditions affect multiple body parts or systems. Researchers have identified thousands of different birth defects. Birth defects can have a variety of causes, such as: Genetic problems caused when one or more genes doesn’t work properly or part of a gene is missing, problems with chromosomes, such as having an extra chromosome or missing part of a chromosome, environmental factors that the expectant mother is exposed to during pregnancy, such as Rubella or German measles or if she uses drugs or alcohol during pregnancy.

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FACTORS CONSIDERED WHEN DETERMINING MENTAL GIFTEDNESS 1. The child performs a year or more above grade achievement level in one or more subjects as measured by a nationally normed and validated achievement test. 2. The child demonstrates rates of acquisition/ retention of content and skills reflecting gifted ability. 3. The child demonstrates achievement, performance, or expertise in one or more academic areas as evidenced by products, portfolios or research, as well as criterionreferenced team judgment. 4. The child demonstrates early and measured use of high level thinking skills, academic creativity, leadership skills, intense academic interest, communication skills, foreign language aptitude, or technology expertise. 5. The child demonstrates that intervening factors such as English as a second language, disabilities, gender or race bias, or socio/ cultural deprivation are masking gifted abilities. FREE APPROPRIATE PUBLIC EDUCATION (CFR 300.121) Chartiers Valley School District provides a free, appropriate, public education (FAPE) to exceptional students residing in the district. All children with a disability between the ages of three to twenty-one who have been identified as needing special education and related services have the right to FAPE. The determination that a child is eligible for special education and related services is made on an individual basis by a team of qualified professionals and the parent of the child following a multidisciplinary evaluation and the completion of an evaluation report. A student qualifies as exceptional if he or she is found to be

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a child with a disability and in need of specially designed instruction and related services under the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and Chapter 14 of the Pa. School Code. The following are disability categories under IDEA: autism, deafness, deaf/blindness, emotional disturbance, traumatic brain injury, hearing impairment, specific learning disability, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, other health impairment, speech and language impairment, orthopedic impairment and visual impairment including blindness. INDIVIDUALIZED EDUCATION PROGRAM (CFR 300.340) An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed and implemented annually for each eligible child with a disability. The IEP is completed within 30 calendar days of the parent’s receipt of the evaluation report and must be in effect before special education and related services are provided. An IEP describes a student’s current educational levels, goals, and objectives, and the individualized programs and services that the student will receive. These services include the learning support class, life skills support class, emotional support class, sensory support (deaf or hard of hearing and blind or vision support class). The extent of special education services and the location for the delivery of such services are determined by the IEP team which consists of the child’s parent, a regular education teacher, a special education teacher and the LEA or district representative responsible for supervising the provision of special education services. The IEP goals and objectives and related services are based on the student’s identified needs and abilities, chronological age and the level of intensity of the specified intervention. The school district will invite a student with a disability of any age to attend his or her IEP meeting if a purpose of the meeting will be the consideration of the student’s transition services needs. If the student does not attend the IEP meeting, the district will take other steps to ensure that the student’s preferences and interests are considered. In implementing these requirements, the district also invites a representative of any other agency that is likely to be responsible for providing transition services to the student. The District also provides related services, such as transportation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language support services, or other appropriate services determined to be necessary for the student to benefit from the special education program. LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT (CFR 300.130) It is the school district’s policy for children with disabilities, including children in public or private institutions or other care facilities, for whom a

free appropriate public education is owed by the district, to the maximum extent appropriate, are educated with children who are nondisabled and that special classes, separate schooling or other removal of children with disabilities from the regular educational environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. Chartiers Valley School District provides a continuum of services based upon the needs of the individual child ranging from the least restrictive setting in the regular school to more restrictive services in a program outside the regular school. The placement options considered by the IEP team include supportive intervention in the regular class, itinerant services, resource services, part-time or full-time services. The placement may be in a district operated program, an intermediate unit operated program in a neighboring school district, a private school placement or other agency operated program. The placement decision is made by the IEP Team at least annually based upon the child’s IEP and is as close to the student’s home as possible. In selecting the least restrictive environment, consideration is given to any potential effect of the program and on the quality of services that the child needs. A child with a disability is not removed from education in ageappropriate regular classrooms solely because of needed curriculum modifications. SURROGATE PARENTS (34CFR 300.515) General. Each public agency shall ensure that the rights of a child are protected if (1) no parent (as defined in 34CFR 300.20) can be identified (2) the public agency, after reasonable efforts, cannot discover the whereabouts of a parent; or (3) the child is a ward of the State under the laws of that State.(b) Duty of public agency. The duty of a public agency under paragraph (a) of this section includes the assignment of an individual to act as a surrogate for the parents. This must include a method (1) for determining whether a child needs a surrogate parent; and(2) for assigning a surrogate to the child (c) criteria for selection of surrogates, (d) non-employee requirement; compensation. A person who otherwise qualifies to be a surrogate parent under paragraph (c) of this section is not an employee of the agency solely because he or she is paid by the agency to serve as a surrogate parent. (e) Responsibilities; surrogate parent may represent the child in all matters relating to (1) identification evaluation, and educational placement of the child; and (2) the provision of FAPE to the child. For more information, please contact the Director of Pupil Personnel at 412.429.2639. (Authority: 20U.S.C. 1415(b)(2).


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Fall Events People & their Pets! Saturday, September 7, will be a very busy day at the Bridgeville Public Library. Director Donna Taylor is hosting her Annual Pet Show, but this year we’ve added more activities, including “The Chuck Falletta Memorial Pet Walk for the Cause.” Chuck was a Bridgeville native that lost his life to kidney cancer at the young age of 50. His family wanted to do something special to recognize the 10th anniversary of his passing. Since Chuck loved reading and his dogs, his wife, Gaye and children, Bethanie and Trevor, decided on “The Chuck Falletta Memorial Pet Walk for the Cause” in his memory to benefit the BPL. Cost to participate in the fund raising walk is $5 per pet with lots of goodies and prizes for the participants, both human and animal. The Western PA Humane Society also will have an adoption clinic at the BPL from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gretchen Fieser, Director of PR and Business Relations of the Western PA Humane Society, and her associates will bring a representation of pets available for adoption at the WPAHS. If you are looking for a pet or know someone who else is, visit the library. Here’s the day’s schedule: 10 a.m.: “The Chuck Falletta Memorial Pet Walk for the Cause” walkers meet at the BPL. We’ll walk down Dewey Street to Station Street, to Washington Avenue, up Chartiers Street, back onto Dewey Street and return to the BPL. 11 a.m.: The Pet Show begins at the BPL. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: WPAHS animals available for adoption at the BPL. Hope to see you and your pets there!

Open Mic Night and Craft Brew Swap continues to draw interest at the BPL Every other Sunday evening from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., a very diverse group meets at the library. There are singers, guitarists,

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Holiday Happenings “Holiday Happenings” Craft and Vendor Show at the BPL will take place on Saturday, November 30, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local resident, Heather Dempster, is coordinating the event and bringing 25 participants, a mix of handmade crafters and vendors. The library will also be taking orders for fresh holiday greens and Keepers of the Light jar candles at this event for its annual holiday fundraiser. Mark your calendars.

Andrew Knez, Jr., to exhibit at the library Andrew Knez, Jr., a renowned, traditional frontier artist, will be on exhibit at the BPL from August 22-September 13th. Andrew’s paintings are of the time period 1750-1830. His realistic art depicts the life and struggles of the average person as the frontiers of North America were continually being pushed westward. His paintings represent their way of life as accurately as possible; a true window into place and time. Local historian and celebrity, John Oyler, will present a history discussion for the time period represented by Andrew’s paintings. More information on the date and time of John’s presentation will be available on the library website later this summer: bridgevillelibrary.org.

Health Fair Monday, September 16 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Free screenings and information from area health care providers. American HealthCare Group, Inc. will provide flu/ pneumonia shots free to those seniors enrolled in Medicare Part B; free blood pressure screenings from UPMC Living at Home/Staying at Home Program. Other participants: Life Pittsburgh; CLASS Community Living and Support Services; Compassionate Care Hospice; Schenley Gardens; Ohio Valley Hospital-Geriatric Psychiatric Unit; Kane Nursing and Rehab. Door prizes and refreshments.

Public Relations Seminar Saturday, September 21 10 - 11 a.m.

Public Relations Seminar conducted by Mark Berton from IN Community Magazine. More information to follow. Please call 412/221-3737 to register.

The Blunderous Buccaneers A Family Friendly Comedy Packed with Pirate Adventure Saturday, September 21 2 - 3 p.m.

Ferry Brooks loves adventure. Newton Potts has a fiery temper, but a good heart. What do the two have in common? Fist, they're both pirates - and second, they loathe each other with a passion. But when a storm throws both of their ships off course, they'll learn to cooperate or face the consequences. Join us in the Community Room to find out what happened in the Blunderous Buccaneers, a family friendly comedy, for all ages, directed and performed by local teens.


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Learn to balance your body, mind and spirit, utilizing the colors of the rainbow. Learn to deepen the understanding of the specific needs of your body and mind. The guided meditation is accompanied by the relaxing sound of Quartz Crystal Singing Bowls, which induce alpha wave level activity of the brain, balance the hemispheres of the brain and resonate within every cell of your body, creating health, balance and harmony. Please bring a mat and blanket, and wear comfortable clothing. The workshop is conducted by Dorit Brauer, author and owner of Dorit Brauer - Live Your Best Life, LLC. Cost: $40 to be paid at registration. Space is limited.

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