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The Towanda Area School District is now accepting applications for the second session of the ThinkSTEM program for students in Grades 6 -8. This afterschool enrichment program operates Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Ulster Elementary School. The goal of the ThinkSTEM Academy is to expose students to careers and activities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Students are challenged with fun, hands-on projects such as learning chemistry through cooking, using engineering to design paper airplanes and utilizing computers to design neighborhoods. The program is FREE to any student who wishes to participate. Transportation to ThinkSTEM and snacks during the program will be provided by the Towanda Area School District.
The first session of the ThinkSTEM program was a success and the school district is excited to open this opportunity up to additional participants. Applications are available in the Elementary Office for 6th grade students or the High School Guidance Office for 7th and 8th graders and are due back by Friday, October 26, 2012.
Towanda Area School District is saddened by the untimely passing of Pete Alesky. Pete served Towanda Area School District as a school board member since December, 2007 and represented Region 2, which consists of Asylum Township, Franklin Township, Monroe Township, Monroe Borough and Towanda Township. Pete was elected as school board president in December, 2011.
On behalf of the employees and school board members of Towanda Area School District, I would like to extend our sympathies to the Alesky family.
The Towanda Area School District hosted a wellness in-service day program for all employees on Wednesday, June 10, 2009. The program was held at the high school. All employees met in the auditorium to be welcomed by superintendent, Diane Place and followed by a presentation regarding the Venture Grants through the TASD Foundation. Employees are afforded to donated funds to this project through payroll deduction. Jamie Wecker and Sarah Adams serve as the teacher liaisons for the two levels, high school and elementary, on behalf of the TASD Foundation. They encouraged employees to contribute to the Venture /grant fund. A lottery has been established for persons who give to the /foundation and Venture Grants. For every dollar an employee contributes his or her name will be entered into a lottery. The winners will receive $ 100 for his or her classroom if the winner is a teacher. If a support staff person wins he or she may donate the $ 100 to any student related activity in the district. Employees selected their first, second and third choices of wellness workshops. A wide variety of interesting workshops were hosted including, Autoimmune Disorders, Artisan Breads, Body Analysis by YMCA, Energy Medicine,Exercise/Antidote To Aging, Flexibility/Strength Training, Healthy Cooking, Immunizations, Men's Health Over 40, Women's Health Over and Under 40, Summer Fun and Fitness, Prescription Drug Abuse and Yoga. All of the participants attended one session on data review of 4-Sight and PSSA scores, conducted by Jane Harbert, from the Center For Data Driven Reform in Education. She is a grant funded consultant from the Johns Hopkins University. Many thanks are extended to all people who made this day a success! The wellness in-service day is a part of the TASD Wellness Policy and commitment to healthy living for all students and employees.