Several students at the Career Development Center had the opportunity to collaborate with a team of game developers from SimCoach Games. The students were asked to play a game that is in its earliest stage of development. The game was designed to give information about careers associated with building roads and bridges and geared towards young people from ages 14-25. The team from SimCoach Games observed the students interact with the app and then followed up with a brief Q & A session. The students were very engaged and gave specific feedback about ways the game could be improved. They all enjoyed their glimpse into research and development and were motivated to see what other games are available through the company.
Ms. Fabian and her art students again supported the Empty Bowls Dinner benefiting the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and Just Harvest. The students created handmade bowls to be used as part of the meager meal, served at the event, which highlights the state of hunger in our area. Day School students have been participating in this event for over a decade. Here are some of their creations that went home with lucky attendees at the event on March 20th.
The students at the Career Development Center spent some time during the month of February learning empathy first hand. The Skill Streaming class, along with the Culinary class, made soup to distribute to some of Pittsburgh’s homeless citizens.
The purpose of the activity was to encourage students to interact with diverse people and realize that life takes many unexpected turns. The students first gathered lidded bowls and utensils from local businesses, then decided which recipe they would like to prepare. They made individual portions and delivered them in person.
The students had the opportunity to listen to the stories some of the recipients had to share. They also found that some of the folks recognized the vehicle and were looking for them. Possibly the greatest lesson the students learned was when they saw some young men taking pictures and making fun of some sleeping homeless people. Our students got out of the vehicle and delivered the warming soup to those people who just moments before had been treated unkindly. They had the opportunity to lead by example and to treat fellow human beings with the dignity we all deserve.
Omar White has worked at the Penn Hills Satellite Program since 2015. In his spare time he volunteers to coach with the Steel Valley Ironmen Football Team. Omar coaches on the defense working with the students throughout the school year. This past season, the Ironmen were on fire, not losing a game in the regular season and enforcing the mercy rule in 15 out of 15 games. They were able to play the WPIAL Class 2A championship at Robert Morris University. With that win, Omar and the Ironmen went onto Hershey where they would face Southern Columbia. Omar and the Ironmen crushed Southern Columbia 49-7.
Omar continues to volunteer his time with the Ironmen, coaching and working with the students, while they condition in their offseason. While working with our students at the Penn Hills BEST program, Omar offers behavioral supports as well as educational help. Omar is a great role model for the students in our program, offering character education and building rapport with students and families.
The Johnstown families could not be more thankful to The Penguins Foundation for providing VIP seats, snacks, and a visit from Iceburgh. This once in a lifetime trip was made even better with a 5-2 Win for the Pens!
Day School Johnstown students celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss week with special guest readers. Tom Chernisky, Cambria County Commissioner, brought his friend Chopper, from the Johnstown Tomahawks to read with Classroom 4. Down the hall in Classroom 8, students were quietly listening to Max Pavlovich, candidate for District Magistrate 47-1-02. It was a great week of fun filled activities!
The Day School Pittsburgh hosted our 22nd Annual Chili Cook Off on February 24th. Each classroom at Marshall Ave. and the CDC prepared their secret recipe and a panel of student and staff judges taste tested them all. The chili's were judged on best taste, hottest and most original. There were some very creative ingredients again this year but our winners had some very old school flavor profiles. Thanks to all our judges who lent their taste buds to this event.
Students will always remember the excitement of their first dance! Love was in the air as the students at Johnstown danced the afternoon away. Our high school students in Classroom 7 helped put together the playlist and chaperone, while Mr. Deater was our DJ. The students enjoyed refreshments and a casual, fun time with their friends.
Day School Johnstown students had the opportunity to tour the Cambria County Association for the Blind. During the tour students learned about the products the program makes for mines, gas/oil companies, electric companies, solar energy, and other state facilities. Students were lucky enough to try some metal working first hand! The Association for the Blind offers school to work programs and meaningful employment for students with disabilities.
As always happens after the holiday break, kids are starting to settle into the serious business of learning. The CDC Tech students are focusing on topics collectively known as STEM, with a current emphasis on engineering.They have been busy researching structures and building projects in the lab and will proudly show their works-in-progress when given the opportunity.
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