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.
On Friday, December 9th, Day School Greensburg students happily volunteered their time by stuffing stockings for patients at Westmoreland Hospital to brighten their holiday season.
Pressley Ridge Day School Pittsburgh held a Holiday Celebration on December 15th for our kids and their families. Our families decorated sugar cookies and made holiday picture frames. Classrooms prepared appetizers and treats for the event. Our Career Development Center’s culinary class created delectable delights for their Holiday event as well. The highlight of the evening was the Holiday family photo studio manned by our photographers, Ms. Brayer and Mr. McDonough.
Continuing to expand our family engagement initiative, one of our moms worked with one of our high school classrooms to bake over 150 sugar cookies. Over 100 grandparents, parents, neighbors, and/or friends then decorated and enjoyed the cookies with our students.
Family involvement at the Day School Johnstown has grown significantly this school year. We credit this response to our Behavioral Health Educators who now visit the family of each of their students during the first nine weeks of school, as a meet and greet opportunity, and our two Home Community Educators who call, visit, and link our families to the resources they may need.
We are no longer strangers to the families we serve but now a part of their extended family. Spending time with our grandparents brought many smiles and built memories that will be cherished for a lifetime.
As part of our Family Engagement Initiative, more than 60 families attended a Thanksgiving celebration at the Day School Johnstown. They enjoyed a delicious family-style dinner, student art show, face painting and crafts.
Students in the Day School Johnstown's Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Club used chalk art to promote positivity through pictures and kind words drawn on the sidewalks as you enter the school.
This new club teaches students about selflessness and giving back.
Pittsburgh Day School student Lee Ervin, under his pseudonym Alistor Morgan, was recently chosen to perform his spoken word poetry at the City Summit, an annual conference of state leaders from all over the United States. In his performance for a group of 200 teen delegates, Lee expressed concerns regarding recent environmental abuse, including the North Dakota pipeline and the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
Lee is actively involved in the Steel City Slam program Young Steel, which meets weekly at the Mattress Factory.
Find the latest news, events, and information to help you and your loved ones.