When temperatures plummet transportation employees are put to the test, working tirelessly to keep District buses running. The top priority is the safety of children, getting them out of the cold and onto a warm bus to school. Every day more than 170 buses are dispatched District wide. These buses are exposed to the elements outside at night. Our mechanics have a challenge to make sure every bus will start in the morning. They have installed oil pan and block heaters, as well as battery chargers on the buses. When temperatures fall dramatically, the District has additional employees arrive overnight and work on weekends to routinely start and service buses. If buses do not start and will be delayed by more than 10 minutes, a Skylert message lets parents know. Please help protect your child by dressing him/her according to weather conditions. In addition, please make sure we have your updated phone number in Skyward, and have a backup plan if the bus is running unusually late. Understand that our bus drivers, mechanics and transportation staff will continue to battle the frigid temperatures to make sure our buses run their routes safely and on time. We thank these dedicated employees for all they do! Check out more photos on our Facebook page.
It’s a holiday musical that will make you believe anything is possible. About 150 students from Welby Elementary create magic with song and dance in their production of ‘Yes, Virginia.’ The play is the result of a $1,000 grant from Macy’s department store. Welby is one of 100 schools across the country to receive a holiday musical grant. Parents and other members of the community came together to create colorful costumes and set designs. It’s a delightful play performed by some very talented young children. Congratulations. We applaud the cast and everyone involved on a wonderful performance. Enjoy this video highlight of the show. ★
It was called ‘ROAR’ day (Respect Our Attendance Rules). That’s why the cafeteria at South Hills Middle School turned into a musical flash mob with dozens dancing and singing to drive home a point: they want students to respect attendance rules and cut down on unexcused absences and tardies. The flash mob sang and danced to the Katy Perry song “Roar”, with different lyrics that promote better school attendance. The goal with the campaign is to increase attendance by at least 10% at South Hills. The classroom that has the best attendance each month will be awarded a traveling trophy. ★
Cindy Epperson is a sixth-grade teacher at Jordan Ridge Elementary who goes out of her way to make a difference for every child in her classroom every day. Her efforts were recognized when the Eagle 101.5 radio station showed up and surprised Ms. Epperson with Jon & Amanda’s Teacher of the Month award. The award goes to educators who go above and beyond to make sure children succeed. Principal Catherine Anderson nominated Mrs. Epperson and the radio station provided treats for the entire class and gave Cindy Epperson a plaque and other prizes. Congratulations to this deserving teacher, keep up the inspiring work. ★