u MILLCREEK TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT: BUILDING FOUNDATIONS FOR LIFE! t Full STEAM Ahead A Math/Science - Surgery - Dr. Jennifer Saldanha, MD, a Saint Vincent Hospital surgeon, demonstrates how to suture on fake skin and a banana. sbury Elementary School students participated in a pilot program, Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math ) Ahead. This program was funded through a grant by the VWR Charitable Foundation and coordinated by the Millcreek Education Foundation and Asbury PTA. Full STEAM Ahead was designed to engage fifth grade girls as future engineers, scientists, mathematicians, architects, designers, and computer programmers. Participants received hands-on learning experiences and demonstrations from area female professors, professionals, and leaders in STEAM fields. Students received resource information to use after the program. All students that completed the program were eligible to receive funds toward attendance at a STEAM 2017 summer program. Millcreek Middle Schools Belle Valley Elementary School Sweep Top Three of Mathcounts and Grandview Elementary J.S. Wilson, Walnut Creek and Westlake placed first, second, and School Awarded High Progress third in the Mathcounts team competition at Gannon University. Millcreek had the top four individuals and six of the top ten. Title One School Mathcounts is a national middle school coaching and competitive mathematics program that promotes mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests. FIRST PLACE: J.S. WILSON Pictured left to right: Mathcounts Coach Brandon Fox; Students: Alex Liu, Sharon Liu, Sebastian Zhao, and Matthew Su. Backrow left to right: George Willis, P.E. (Erie Chapter President PSPE) and Gerald Kraus, Ph.D. (Mathcounts Coordinator). SECOND PLACE: WALNUT CREEK Photo courtesy of http://www. eriemathcounts.org. Pictured left to right seated students: Sophie Beilharz, Addey Bischof, Aaron Fan, and Matthew Lee. Left to right standing: Coach Roy Krell; students: Erin Bright, Krish Jain, John Zhao, Chris Zhou, Jerry Zhang, and Drew Kwiatkowski. Photo courtesy of http://www. eriemathcounts.org. THIRD PLACE: WESTLAKE MIDDLE SCHOOL Photo courtesy of http://www eriemathcounts.org. Pictured left to right back row: Erie Chapter President PSPE George Willis, P.E.; Coach Aaron Pentz; Gerald; Mathcounts Coordinator Kraus, Ph.D. Left to right front row students: Luke Morian, Brady Marshall, Andrew Coleman, and Lexi Pierce. 36 Millcreek Each year, the Division of Federal Programs honors the top performing Title I schools in Pennsylvania. These schools are defined as the highest 5% of Title I schools in Pennsylvania that meet at least two of the following criteria: • Math and Reading PSSA scores • Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) • Math and English Language Arts (ELA) Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) data • Attendance Rates The Pennsylvania Department of Education selected 179 Title I schools to be named Distinguished Schools based on the above criterion. Using this criterion, Belle Valley Elementary and Grandview Elementary were selected to be a Title I Distinguished School in the 2016-2017 School Year. Pictured from left to right kneeling are: Stacy Dobbs, Belle Valley Principal; Sheri Law, Instructional Support; and Nicole Otteni, Title One Reading Specialist. Standing: Susan McCrone, PDE Division Chief of Federal Programs; Cheryl Scully, Title One Reading Specialist; Tracey Merlino, Belle Valley Guidance Counselor; and Jodi Barbato, teacher. Pictured from left to right: Presenting the High Progress Title One School award, Susan McCrone, PDE Division Chief of Federal Programs. Accepting the award: Kristen Boyd, Grandview Principal; Kristen Stravinsky, Title One Reading Specialist; and Marcia Berarducci, Student Intervention Specialist.