Welcome Back from Mr. Litrenta
The 2013 – 2014 school year promises to be an exciting one at New Castle Sr.
High School. I am proud to be the principal of our school, and I always
look forward to working with parents and the community to provide a quality
educational experience for our children.
Our focus will
be on providing each child with new challenges that will result in an extremely
satisfying school experience. Academic emphasis on the core subjects will
remain a priority, as well as providing an educational program that strives
each year to attain levels set by Pennsylvania Common Core standards.
Instruction in the Arts, World Languages, Business, Family Science, Technical,
and Physical Education complete the opportunities designed to develop
well-rounded, prepared students that are able to meet the challenges of today’s
technologies offer hands-on learning experiences that greatly immerse students
in their education. These technologies enhance lessons in an effective
visual manner and bring a new level of excitement to each lesson and classroom.
Week will take place during September of this school year. Through this program students and educators
will learn about our nation’s economic system and the forces that drive
it. Seniors are divided into companies that compete and are put through a
variety of real life experiences: leadership development, team work, time
management, problem solving, and social/people skills. Younger students
in the school will experience the visually stimulating advertising and the
hustle – bustle of the Business Week Trade Show.
parents and community members to join us at school activities and participate
in our school programs, thus establishing a strong, positive partnership with
the school. I look forward to working with you and your child throughout
this school year, as I am confident that together we can provide a productive,
safe learning environment that fosters student success and growth.
Mr. Richard Litrenta
February Forensics Tournament
Several junior and senior high students placed at the Lawrence County Forensics Tournament on Wednesday, February 26th.
In the junior high division, Jonah Warner won first place for his informative speech and his impromptu presentation. Owen Lewis also won first place for his impromptu presentation. Mia Esolodo and Alli Hunkele won first place for their duo presentation, while Alexa Reider and Victoria Young won second place, and Maria Cade and Grace Currie won third place. Maria also won first place for her impromptu presentation.
In the senior high division Cassandra Maas and Michelle Pfahles won third place for their duo reading, and Araycia Byers won third place for impromptu speaking.
The tournament was held at Northminster Church and hosted by Mohawk, Hermitage, and Riverside School Districts.
A Celebration of Diversity
On Friday, February 7th a "Celebration of Diversity" to honor
the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will be hosted by the
Nutrition Plus, Service-Learning, and Desktop Publishing classes. Students
from the Nutrition Plus and Service-Learning classes are preparing appetizers
and desserts from each country involved in the Olympics, while the Desktop Publishing
students are creating posters and flags from all Olympic countries.
administrators and Senior High staff are encouraged to attend. The celebration will be held during Periods 1, 2, 3, BC, and DE in Room 111.
Mrs. Saymansky, and their fellow Nutrition teachers hope to expand culinary
knowledge and to celebrate diversity during the Sochi Winter Olympics.
A Cell-ular Experience
Students in Mrs. Williams 9th grade Honors Biology class made models of plant or animal cells representing a theme. The parts of the cell were then compared to the part of the theme, and the students wrote how the parts correlated. For example, the cell model theme of a softball field had an umpire, who controlled the rules of the game, and therefore, he was the nucleus of the cell.
Theme Models this year included: The Bat Cave, a softball field, a basketball court, a bank, the White House, a car, a factory, a hospital, an oven, a pig, and a school.
November Lawrence County Forensics Tournament
Several students placed at the Lawrence County Forensics Tournament on Wednesday, November 20th at Northminster Church. In the senior high division Concetta Pounds and Jordyn Essigner won second place for their duo news broadcast, and Herbie and Allie Hunkele won third place for their duo news.
In the junior high division Alexa Reider and Grace Currie secured first place for duo news, while Maria Cade and Savannah McQuiag won second for duo news. These students had to create a 4-minute news broadcast that included news, sports, weather, a commercial, and a commentary.
Another area of competition required students to create a 2-4 minute speech where they introduced a speaker to an audience. In this category Grace Currie achieved second place for introducing Walt Disney to speak at the 10th anniversary of Disneyland, and Maria Cade won third place for introducing Simba to the 80th anniversary of Walt Disney Animation Studios.
In impromptu speaking Maria Cade also won first place, while Alexa Reider claimed second place followed by Jonah Warner capturing third place.
This tournament was hosted by Ellwood City and Laurel School Districts.
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