February 10, 2016 Cranberry Local News

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Charlesa Fassinger

Fassinger receives great teacher award

ADAMS TWP — Charlesa Fassinger, an advanced French IV/gifted education teacher and National Honor Society sponsor at the Mars High School, was selected to receive a St. Vincent College Great Teacher Award.

The college's Great Teacher Recognition Program honors educators who demonstrate excellence in teaching that provides a positive and enduring influence on students.

Samantha Hornyak, a 2015 Mars graduate and current freshman at St. Vincent College, nominated Fassinger for the award.

Mars art students accepted in exhibit

ADAMS TWP — Several works by students at the Mars High School were accepted to the 2016 Pittsburgh Arts Region Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to be held Feb. 6 to 20 at Community College of Allegheny County — North Campus.

The students are seniors Jessica Bender and Morgan Keys, juniors Kristen Goddard, Meghan Pisarcik and ADIA Taimuty-Loomis, and sophomore Jonathan Knotts.

The exhibit will feature hundreds of works of art by high school students from throughout the Pittsburgh region. Winners will be awarded a Gold Key, Silver Key or an Honorable Mention. Gold Key winners' works will advance to the 2016 National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New York, N.Y.

All winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at CCAC — North Campus. A pre-awards celebration, including entertainment and refreshments, will begin at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Erin Sloane, art teacher, or visit

Ms. Diane Krauland

SV teacher lauded by technology group

JACKSON TWP — Diane Krauland, computer science teacher at Seneca Valley Senior High School, was recently recognized by the National Center for Women and Information Technology with the 2016 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award.

Krauland will receive two engraved commemorative trophies, a $250 cash award, and up to $750 of expense reimbursement for computing-related professional development activities.

She was also invited to attend the Western/Central Pennsylvania and West Virginia affiliate event being held on April 2 to receive her award.

AFS host families sought for March

ADAMS TWP — TheAmerican Field Service/Mars International Student Association chapter at Mars High School is seeking host families for the school's annual Mars International Days to be held March 9 to 12.

The chapter will welcome foreign exchange students at the event who are enrolled at local schools. The students will speak with their peers at the high school and middle school, and join in a variety of other activities with AFS/MISA chapter members.

District families interested in hosting an exchange student during the event are asked to visit and click on “Host a Student,” then “If you are from the United States, click here.”

Families will be asked to complete a brief interest form and should type “Mars International Days 2016” in the comments section.

'Wedding Singer' musical slated

ADAMS TWP — Mars High School students will present the musical, “The Wedding Singer,” at 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 5 in the auditorium.

Based on the 1998 film, the musical follows Robbie Hart (Hunter Baselj), a wedding singer who is left at the altar by his fiancee Linda (Lizzy Kronenwetter).

Tickets are $10 per person for reserved seating. Advance ticket sales will be held through Feb. 23 in the high school's main office. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door before each performance. A portion of the proceeds will benefits the Mars Planet Foundation.

Parents are advised that the musical is rated PG-13, and some content may not be suitable for younger children. For ticket information, call 724-625-1581.

Mars board OKs 2016-17 calendar

ADAMS TWP — The Mars School Board has adopted the next school year's calendar.

The first day of school in the 2016-17 school year will be on Aug. 31.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held during an in-service day on Nov. 10 and an Act 80 day on Nov. 11.

Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 24 to 28. Winter break will be from Dec. 26 to Jan. 2, with an in-service day (no school for students) on Dec. 23. Spring break will be April 14 to 17.

The senior prom is scheduled on May 5 and graduation is planned on June 8. The last day of school with zero snow days will be on June 3.

Snow days will be made up on June 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9. To view the 2016-17 district calendar in its entirety, visit

Mars posts grades on school website

ADAMS TWP — The Mars School District has posted its report cards for the second nine weeks for students in grades 1 to 12 online through the District's Edline website,

Paper copies of report cards are no longer mailed home. However, parents who do not have access to the Internet may request a copy of their student's report card by contacting the appropriate building principal.

Requested copies of report cards will not be mailed and must be picked up at the student's school building.

Parents who have yet to activate their Edline account or require an activation code should contact their student's school building directly.

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