Faculty Feud Takes the Stage!

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By: Kayla Suber & Chaslin Hoover

When it comes to granting wishes, Shenango students definitely know how to plan.  Throughout the years, the students of Peer Leadership have continuously managed to put on a different, entertaining show each and every February. In 2019, they’ve gone above and beyond and are planning an event that has never been done before.  The Peer Leaders and advisors have decided to match the Shenango faculty against the Laurel faculty in order to have a Faculty Feud game night.

“We thought we would capitalize on the rivalry idea and have the staffs battle,” explained advisor Mrs. Kim Rudesill. Each team will consist of eight to ten members who will face off in team and individual challenges. The audience will never face a second of boredom as the teams will work to complete ten different games throughout the night.

Senior Delaney Zarone emphasized that “being a part of Make-A-Wish was by far the best thing I have ever done.  When two schools come together to make a wish come true, it is truly magical.”

What Mrs. Rudesill is most excited about is “seeing the team members out of their comfort zones and having fun.” Although she will not be on a team, she of course thinks the Shenango Staff will come out on top! However, no matter who actually wins the night, the real winners will without a doubt be Hannah and Kosey, two local students who will hopefully receive wishes thanks to the efforts of not only Peer Leadership, but the entire community as well.  

“Come out and support two local kids as we try to give them the night of their lives,” senior Paige Seitam, vice president of Peer Leadership, advised. “Plus you won’t want to miss seeing your teachers making fools out of themselves!”    

Senior Joey Doughty added to Paige’s enthusiasm: “I just love how all of the hard work pays off when I get to see the happy look on everyone’s faces during and after the event.”

AP Honor Roll

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By: Melina Mangino and Zoey Angelucci

Following Shenango’s trends of success in academics, Advanced Placement students are both setting and raising the bar. This year, Shenango’s AP students have been recognized for their achievements in the Advanced Placement realm. College Board regulates and takes charge of the AP tests and everything centered around it. This year, the district and AP students have been recognized as one of 373 districts in the U.S. and Canada for their participation in AP classes and tests. Each year, College Board recognizes different schools that have increased participation and have bettered their scores. Here at Shenango, we have not only have a higher percentage of students taking AP classes, but also a higher percentage of students scoring a three or better on their tests.

In small schools like Shenango, having a strong AP program is an anomaly.  School counselor Ms. Garda emphasizes that “the commitment of the teachers and the students is a real testament to the strength of the program.” AP teachers build their curriculum specifically around the AP tests and what will best prepare their students.

There is no denying Shenango has grown in the AP realm over the years. Over the last six years, Shenango has added two additional AP classes, bringing the total number to seven AP opportunities. Shenango offers AP Literature, Studio Art, Chemistry, Biology, U.S. History, Government, and Calculus, each class offers the students vast opportunities for success. “I think our course offerings appeal to a wider range of students,” Garda notes.

Next year, Shenango is expanding their AP programs. The high school will add an AP Computer Science class open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.  Certainly, Shenango’s AP program is a force to be reckoned with. Between being recognized by the College Board and completely doubling the size of the programs, Shenango’s Honor Roll distinction is completely deserved.   

“Our AP program has been one of the strongest in our region and state for many years,” Dr. McCormick noted.  “I’m extremely pleased to see Shenango join the College Board’s AP Honor Roll because that demonstrates that we have been able to expand our course offerings while maintaining our previously high levels of performance.”

Rankings Shine

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By Bella Cassano and Paige Seitam

When it comes to standardized tests, it is not uncommon for Shenango students to outscore those of other local schools. This trend, however, recently shifted, and teachers and staff were resolute to change this. Last year, junior high faculty pushed their students with hopes of improving the school’s PSSA scores.

“The scores had gotten really high across the board, or at least high compared to other local schools, but that was a handful of years ago. The state came to change a lot of the standards the students were being evaluated on when they switched to Common Core, and everyone across the state dropped significantly,” principal Dr. Joe McCormick said. The state average for the 8th grade math tests was around 22% passing rate. This means that only one out of every five students who took the test gained a passing score.

“When one year has a teacher and a set of students who take a test and earn a 90% proficient rate and the following year, students of equal caliber and most likely the exact same teacher have only a 20% passing rate, you know there is an issue that must be addressed,” McCormick noted.

The staff, faculty, and students have been working hard to increase these scores any way possible. Shenango’s rankings are as follows:

ELA 7- #2

ELA 8- #1

Literature- #1

Math 7- #6

Math 8- #1

Algebra- #1

Science 8- #1

Biology- #2

AP Participation- #2

Attendance Rate- #2

SHS had five number one rankings. Notably, no other school had more than two. SHS was in the top two in nine of the ten categories. No other school achieved this in more than four of the ten categories. In efforts keep our accomplishments known and to take constant pride in them, STEM students designed plaques to be hung in the lobby. These plaques have all schools in the county listed on them and are adjustable to be moved if rankings change. Shenango stands proudly at the tops of all these lists. These are visual reminders to keep Shenango students motivated and to always do their best.

“Standardized testing is useful as a uniform tool to make sure the kids are learning what they’re supposed to be learning, but it does seem to get a bit overemphasized and consumes too much time and energy,” McCormick said. “There’s way more to a good school than high-performing test schools.” There’s no place that better showcases this philosophy than Shenango High School. One example that shows this philosophy of constant improvement is how the administration recently provided the students with an anonymous survey about the school, which addressed any aspects to their school day on which they can improve. Shenango is always striving to be the best it can be.


Be Our Guest!

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By Haley Earl and Annalise Ginocchi

“I want adventure in the great wide somewhere.” These words, spoken by Belle in Beauty and the Beast, capture the spirit that senior Zoey Angelucci hopes to portray as the lead in this year’s musical. When cast as the role, Angelucci knew she had to do something extra special for her final show because this musical has always been so close to her heart.

“Belle has been my favorite princess forever, so this has been a dream role for me, and being that it is my last time on the stage makes it even more special. The last six years have been the most enjoyable part of my high school experience,” she noted.  

To promote the musical as well as to fundraise, Zoey organized a Royal Ball for elementary students this past January.  “I reserved the gym and passed out permission slips at the elementary,” she explained. “I also bought crowns, cut the music, and got the danceline seniors together to make up a dance.”  By far, Zoey’s favorite part of this special event was “seeing the kids happy and having fun with the princesses.”

The fun does not stop with Royal Ball, though. “We will be having two sessions of ‘Tea with Belle and Friends’ on Saturday, March 16,” Mrs. Kara Angelucci shared. “The session times are 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.  

“The event will begin with a tour of the stage where guests can meet and take photos in Beast’s castle with some of their favorite enchanted characters,” Angelucci said. “These characters will include Lumiere, Babette, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Madame De La Grande Bouche.”

The tea will also include meet and greet photo opportunities with Gaston, LeFou, Maurice, and the Silly Girls. Belle and Beast will also be there to meet their guests!

Tea, lemonade, and cookies will be served in the dining room by members of the castle staff.

“All of our young guests will be leaving with a souvenir,” Angelucci noted. “We are hoping to fill our dining room and make it a great experience for all!”

Everyone should mark their calendars for the weekend of March 15th to enjoy the talents of the committed cast. “The show really shows the dedication and hard work of the Shenango students through expressing their talents,” said Zoey.

Senior Hunter McQuiston plays the Beast. I honestly am looking forward to right after the first show, even though everyone is ugly crying and sad. Everyone seems to forget about all the problems and issues they have with each other and they just love and support everyone around them,” claims Hunter.  

Gaston, played by senior Nathaniel Medvit, is looking forward to ”putting together an outstanding show with outstanding performers and leaving my heart out on the Shenango stage for the last time.”

Follow Mrs. Leali’s advice and get don’t wait to get your ticket. “Since so many people are familiar with the story line of this show, come see how we make the cartoon magic come to life on stage,” she exclaimed. “This is such an enjoyable and family friendly show for all.  Our costumes are beautiful and our castle will be quite impressive. Tickets are going to sell out quickly so don’t wait to get your seat!”

Mr. Shenango 2019

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By Isabella Cionni, Dominique Devivo, Ireland Kelly, and Angela Prestopine    

A person who loves to put a smile on everyone’s face, Joey Doughty is a Mr. Shenango candidate. “I was surprised and happy to be nominated,” Joey said.  Joey is involved in Peer Leadership, Yearbook, SADD, and SAVE. One of his best Shenango moments was “being able to escort Delaney for Homecoming,” and he will especially miss “seeing all my friends and being involved with Peer Leadership” when he graduates. Joey’s brother Brandon is his role model “because he currently serves in the Army and is not afraid to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”  After graduation, Joey plans to pursue a career in the medical field. “Make every moment last,” he advises, “because it goes by so quickly.”

The senior class president, Lucas Olcott, was also nominated as a Mr. Shenango candidate. Anyone that knows Lucas knows that he is a very outgoing, intelligent, and caring young man who is involved in the school in several ways. “I was stoked to share this opportunity with some of my broskis in front of my peers,” Lucas stated.  Luke is a member of Conservation Club, STEM Club (TSA), Prom Planning Committee, and STAT. Lucas also is a member of the golf team where he excelled immensely. It’s no surprise that Lucas’s role model is Tiger Woods, who he describes as “an absolute unit and ruthless on Sunday when he is in the red.” Luke plans to attend Purdue University and become a computer engineer. Lucas Olcott wants to be remembered at Shenango as a good friend, peer, and leader.

A senior involved in numerous clubs, Ian Richard is a Mr. Shenango candidate. “When I found out, I was pleasantly surprised,” Ian stated. Ian is a member of the Drama Club, Yearbook, SAFE, Peer Leadership, Concert Choir President, SADD Vice President, and a Chamber singer. One of his best Shenango moments is “any moment on stage during the spring musical.  I will miss Mrs. Leali and seeing my close friends as often as I do” when he graduates. Ian’s mother is his role model “because she is always there to support me and love me unconditionally.” After graduation, Ian plans to attend Slippery Rock University for hospitality management. “Always be the best version of yourself,” he advises, “and you will achieve anything you want.”

A senior with the most school spirit, Sam Miloser is a Mr. Shenango candidate. Sam is involved in Peer Leadership, Drama Club, Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, and he is the head of the Wildcat Wackos. His best memory of Shenango was during football season “freshman year when we beat Neshannock and became section champs.” Sam will miss “both sports events and other big school events.” The best advice Sam could give underclassmen is to “involve yourself with everyone and everything you can. The world is too big to live small.” Sam is not only the most involved senior at Shenango at the moment, but he also looks highly towards anyone who has the same aura as him. He defended his admiration for alumnus “Steve Murko because school spirit at Shenango is often rare, but Steve Murko was the definition of such.”  Sam plans to attend Slippery Rock University to major in Safety Management and minor in Spanish. Remember Sam Miloser as a friendly guy who bled blue and gold.

A senior who is determined to make someone’s day better, Brock Keyser is a Shenango candidate. Brock said he was “surprised and excited” to be nominated. One of Brock’s best Shenango moments was the “2018 baseball season, going into the semi-final round of the playoffs. To be able to experience that with my best friends was something I will never forget.” He will especially miss “being able to see my friends every day” when he graduates. Brock’s role model is his dad “because he has the best work ethic of anyone I know. Even when he is sick or sore, he still works harder than anyone.” After graduation, Brock plans to go to nursing school at Mercy College of Ohio. “Make someone’s day better every day. Be the change the world needs,” he stresses, “whether it’s lending a hand to someone in need or just making someone smile.”

Future D1 athlete Anthony Ryan is in the running as a Mr. Shenango candidate. Anthony is known for his hard work and determination within both his academic and athletic career. When hearing the announcement for the Mr. Shenango candidates, Anthony said he “smiled and was very excited.” Anthony’s favorite memory of Shenango is “the baseball playoffs freshman year.” Even with his successful high school baseball career, Anthony will miss his classmates the most when he leaves Shenango next year. The best advice Anthony can give to any future Mr. Shenango candidates or any underclassmen would be to “hold yourself accountable for things, be a good person, and be helpful to your community.” His biggest admiration is for his parents because “they will always do what is best for their kids, and have great attitudes and work ethics.” Next fall, Anthony plans to attend Bowling Green State University to further his academic and athletic career. If Anthony can leave an imprint on Shenango, he wants to be remembered by his athletic achievements throughout his baseball career.

A senior who you can always count on to make you laugh, Mark Mangino was nominated to be a Mr. Shenango candidate by his peers. He is very athletic and is involved in football and baseball. Mark thinks what makes him a good candidate for Mr. Shenango is that he is caring and would love to be able to represent Shenango. One of Mark’s best moments at Shenango was the 8th and 9th grade basketball championships, and he will especially miss playing sports and hanging out with his friends when he graduates. Mark’s biggest role his dad. “He has a good work ethic that I’m striving to have as a man.” Mark is hoping to be remembered as a nice and funny guy, and his advice to future Mr. Shenango candidates is to make high school as fun as possible.

To be nominated was “humbling” for candidate Ryan Perretti, who loved that “my classmates I’ve grown up with my whole life voted for me.”  An exemplary athlete, Ryan’s favorite Shenango memory was “going to Florida with the baseball team my freshman year.” Like many the candidates, Ryan will miss seeing his friends every day and participating in sports, but what he stresses to underclassmen is to “focus and take school seriously, work hard in everything you do, and most of all, respect your peers and teachers.”  His grandpa is his role model because “he always worked hard his whole life and taught me many life lessons to help me become the man I am today.” Ryan plans to attend Radford University, but wants to be remembered as “a student-athlete who worked hard for the achievements and goals he wanted to receive.”

A hardworking, well-rounded individual, Hunter McQuiston was surprised by his nomination. Hunter participates in football and an array of performing arts, including musical, choir, and chamber singers. Upon graduation, Hunter says he will miss the “genuinely good people” of the district and the friends he has made throughout his journey.  One of his fondest memories is from football camp. He’ll never forget, “the entire team supporting and pushing each other to be the best they can be.” Much like the people he has met at Shenango, he hopes to be remembered as an approachable person “who people could go to for help and support through hard times.” Hunter has an immense admiration for Mrs. McKissick. “No matter what she is going through in her life, she manages to always stay positive and keep a smile on her face. She is someone you can always talk to and is ready to listen.” Hunter’s future plans are to attend Slippery Rock University and begin their Physician Assistant program while also partaking in the United States Army Reserve. He hopes to one day become an Army officer. Hunter will be escorted by Addie George.

Freshmen Experience GEM

By Angela Prestopine and Kayla Suber

On Tuesday, December 17th, a group of ten freshmen girls had the privilege of attending the GEM affair with Shenango’s school counselor Mrs. Othites.

“GEM stands for Girls Engaging Mentors and it is a program for ninth grade students to meet and have a chance to interact with women in nontraditional roles,” Mrs. Othites explained.

Held at BC3, the girls who attended traveled to different classrooms to hear presentations from women who work in careers that “are typically male-dominated fields.”  These included occupations such as a metallurgist, working in the STEM field, working at Google, and working for Moraine State Park.”

Mrs. Othites stressed the value of “exposing people to new things,” hoping that an event like the GEM affair will “spark an interest in a career field that they might consider pursuing.”  

Isabella Fellion enjoyed the GEM affair because of the many unexpected jobs she was able to learn about.

She said, “I could tell from the expressions on some of my peer’s faces that they were interested because one job might’ve not been one they expected.”

This was a great opportunity for young ladies to broaden their knowledge on the many jobs out there that may have not been a consideration to them prior to the affair.  

Bupp Named to All-Eastern Mixed Chorus

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By Annalise Ginocchi and Veronica Rice

A very talented senior, Anna Bupp, recently learned that she was accepted in the All-Eastern Mixed Chorus.This elite chorus is comprised of students from select eastern states as well as Europe.

“This accomplishment makes me feel nervous, but excited for the new memories and friends I will make,” Anna shared. “I also hope to learn as much as I can there, since this will be my last choral festival. I hope to make it the best one. I hope to make my family and Mrs. Leali proud at this festival. I can’t wait for this stepping stone in my musical career.”

Because Anna was a state chorus qualifier, she earned the opportunity to audition.. She also had to submit an audition video of her singing.

“Anna is an awesome student and an extremely dedicated and hard working musician,” noted Mrs. Leali.  “I have watched her grow musically since fifth grade and it is so amazing to see. The best part about her is that she really has worked incredibly hard for everything that she has accomplished. It hasn’t always been easy or a first-try victory for her. She has grown from each of her experiences and has always approached each victory with an incredibly humble attitude.

“She is our first female student to make All State Chorus and now moving on to the NAFME All Eastern Chorus,” continued Leali.  “She is in a very competitive section and has pushed through with hard work to achieve her goals. I truly can’t explain how proud I am of her!”

All Eastern will take place in Pittsburgh this year in April. It is directed by Rollo Dilworth.

Wildcat Musicians Shine

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By Paige Seitam and Ian Richard

Shenango musicians continue to flourish in their musical abilities. Two Shenango students in particular, freshman Cole Sickafuse and junior Emily Wallace, received accolades when they were selected to be a part of an elite group of instrumentalists chosen from four counties to participate in Honors Band at Westminster College..

“Students who want to be a part of the PMEA District 5 Honors Band must audition in November each year,” shared band director Mr. Butchy. “Literally hundred of students from Beaver, Butler, Lawrence, and Mercer counties audition. The best 150 students on all instruments are selected.”

The festival takes place over three days at Westminster. A guest conductor works with the students for two and a half days and then the elite group presents a concert. Cole Sickafuse was the only freshman French horn player to successfully audition into the band. Emily Wallace placed fifth out of 30 clarinetists.

Throughout their journey, Cole and Emily not only improved as musicians, but learned what it takes to accomplish a goal as well. Emily stated, “We had to practice a lot, around 10 to 20 hours a week. Even though you may have setbacks, you can still accomplish your goals.”

Cole and Emily both mentioned that this experience was definitely one that they will carry with them the rest of their lives. The talented Wildcats were on the same page regarding the idea of how enjoyable it was to be surrounded with such amazing musicians and people who all share the same aspirations as them.

“Playing music and working with many talented musicians was my favorite part of Honors Band,” expressed Emily. In addition to being surrounded by musical genius, Cole mentioned how beneficial it was to have a knowledgeable director as well as a nurturing atmosphere.

“Cole is a very fine musician who will have a very bright future in the PMEA festival system. He is following in the footsteps of many successful French horn players from Shenango,” stated Mr. Butchy. “Emily Wallace has been a part of PMEA Honors Band for several years in a row and is also co-principal clarinet for the Youngstown Symphony Youth Orchestra. She is a very accomplished clarinetist.”

Leaving Behind a Legacy: Shenango bids farewell to Mrs. Fleming after 33 years

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By Nadine Buckley

During my time on the yearbook staff, I have interviewed many students and staff members, but none could compare with the excitement, or the sadness, I felt as I walked towards Mrs. Fleming’s classroom. The 7th grade English teacher’s room isn’t exactly hard to miss. The door and surrounding six feet of walls on either side are completely covered from floor to ceiling in black paper. Paper skulls with short essays written on them remain from Halloween, but are now adorned with ornaments and Santa hats to  keep in time with the holiday season. The inside is even more decorated, with posters and drawings by the students enhancing the walls, and, of course, the ever-watchful wooden vulture is perched over the doorway. The students are hard at work writing their beginning-of-class grammar exercises. Mrs. Fleming herself stands up from her desk to greet me. She is a small woman, with short gray hair and shining eyes that look at all students like they are special, because in her eyes, they are. Even though it’s been six years since I sat in her class, she still looks at me in the same way. The reason for my visit: one final interview. After 32.9 years, Mrs. Fleming will retire on January 14th.  

N:  What were your reasons for retiring now?

F: I don’t have a good one. I’m having a great time and I want to keep having a great time, but age-wise,I’m slowing down, which makes it harder to keep up the pace. So before it gets critical and I implode, I am going to go out on a very high note.

N: How did you begin your teaching career and how do you feel you’ve changed since then?

F: I’ve known I wanted to be a teacher since I was a child. My mother taught Sunday school and I helped her out. I worked at Sankey Youth Center in youth camps, so I always knew I wanted to teach, and every goal set from there on out was set to accomplish a teaching career. I majored in Speech, Literature, and Theatre, and I never expected to end up back at the school I went to…yes I’ve been a Wildcat my whole life (she responds with a smile to my surprised face), but here I came and I was hired. I resigned after five years, actually,  to start my family so I was out of the building for ten years from 1980 to 1990, but no, I haven’t worked at any other schools, Shenango has always been my home.

How has it changed. . . the students change every year and the culture is always changing, so I’ve had to adjust based on that, but my strategies have always been upbeat and focused on how to make it fun because learning is fun from the time we’re children, then what happens? It needs to stay fun despite the gruelingness sometimes of the topic.

(Her busy students, at least the ones who have been listening in, laugh in agreement.)

N: What were your first weeks here like?

She takes a deep breath as the memory is recalled.

F: Oh man . . . terrifying. Walking back into the building and the fact that the teachers that had taught me four years ago were now my colleagues was really uncomfortable. Walking into the teacher’s lounge took all of my courage. Low and behold, I found out they were not as they seemed in the classroom . . . in a good way. In a surprising way.

N: What would you say have been the highlights of your career?

F: The students are always the highlight. Just getting to know every character that walks through the building is fantastic. I was the director of the musicals when I first came here. I had Mr.Othites as a student, and he helped with the sets. I had Dr. McCormick as a student who is now the principal, and Mr. Servidio, who has been in charge of the buildings upkeep for the past 100 years. Getting to see familiar faces come back and watching people succeed has been amazing. I used to put on an International Festival for nine years and we filled up the gymnasium with the band playing all kinds of other country’s music.  We had the Eiffel Tower and the Taj Mahal and food from all 40 countries. Another highlight was getting to add the yearly field trip to Moraine to the mix. That idea originally started as, “Hey let’s have a different environment to learn in,” and nature is a wonderful teacher, so we’re still doing that today. I can’t pinpoint any specific lows; there have been challenges, but they are few and far between and easily forgotten because of the fun and joy of the whole profession.

N: One of the things that makes your class so enjoyable is putting together huge craft-projects and getting to decorate your room. Every year it’s a different theme, and you still manage to tie it in with your grammar lessons. Where do you get your ideas?

F: Oh, I go to yard sales. I think about what I like and then work backwards from there as I figure out how I can work that into my curriculum. If you love what you’re doing, it’s not work so much as it is a challenge to get through. One year, I bought a suit of armor and I thought, “What if we put a medieval castle in the classroom?” One year, I got shimmery blue fabric that was left over from a prom, and we did under the ocean. One year, we did a jungle and we had a hut in the far corner that was big enough for three or four desks. We set up a little market in there, and the students decided they wanted to put on a play about Tarzan. Don’t ask me why that’s what they picked. This one boy really wanted to be Tarzan–again, don’t ask me why–but we had a parent night and Matt brought in his pet snake and walked around with it on his neck, I forget its name, but it got cold so we put it back in the box. But Tarzan decided to swing across on one of the vines we had hung up, and he was so enthusiastic he decided to put his full weight on it. It was only paper so he went crashing into the wall. They had to take him out in a wheelchair, and we were worried he had a concussion, but everything was fine.

(At this point she turns to the class, who has paused in their work to listen in on the stories) “C’mon people that vocabulary isn’t going to do itself! Back to busy, back to busy.

N: Your class certainly is a lot of fun. I personally remember the adventures of Milo (her stuffed monkey). But what makes it really special is the lessons learned along with the laughter, and I’m talking about both grammar and life lessons. What wisdom do you hope to pass on and what wisdom have you gained?

F: Oh, gosh . . . I don’t think there are words for that. My parents were the wisest people I know and they didn’t spout any philosophical mumbo jumbo. What they did was live their lives in a way that we noticed. They exhibited work ethic, integrity, honesty, kindness, and diligence and applied it to everyone all the time equally. If there’s any wisdom I hope somebody finds, it is by my actions.  I hope they noticed how I lived and worked here and maybe take a little smidge of that with them down the road.

N: I know I certainly have. What are your plans for the future?

F: That answer is always so boring because once you hit my age it’s, “Hey I’m going to spend time with my grandchildren.” I’m going to travel because we are going to the Bahamas right away. I plan on starting a business with my daughter that we’ve dabbled in that a little bit. I want to see more of the United States because I never really travelled and I really regret not traveling. And I plan on becoming a part-time resident of Chicago because my daughter lives there and I never see her. I think that would be fun and interesting; this small-town girl wants to get involved in the big-city life. Mrs. Butchy will be coming in, and she’s phenomenal and a lovely person. I don’t know her that well, but just from meeting her, I can see she has a shining personality. I’m excited and think she’ll be a great fit.

N: She’ll definitely do a good job, but I think that you have left behind a legacy that will be hard to top as one of the most beloved teachers at Shenango. You were certainly my favorite.

And the students, who had once again been listening in, nod in agreement.

SCEF Gives Gifts that Last the Whole Year Long!!

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By: Isabella Cionni & Haley Earl

The Shenango Community Education Foundation certainly blesses the district not only during the holiday season but throughout the entire school year.  They supplied teachers with $11,003 worth of educational goodies to supplement their instruction.

Mrs. Crystal Brocklehurst and Mrs. Melissa Scott received a grant for Google Chromebooks to be used in the elementary school library. Scott noted how remarkable this technological addition to the library has been.  
“Students in grades 3-6 have used them to access our online databases including World Book Online and various POWER Library resources such as Kids InfoBits and CyberSmarts,” Scott explained.  “In addition, students love the touch screen capabilities and the audio for reading articles or viewing articles videos. The Chromebooks have allowed us to branch out into more online learning not tied to a desktop,” she said.

Not only was the library improved thanks to SCEF, but the elementary computer lab received Bee-Bot Robots and Dash-Bots. Mr. Dwight Heminger, the elementary computer teacher, asked for these robots in order to teach the students about coding.

“The SCEF grant provided my students with 12 Bee-Bot Robots to help students in kindergarten through second grade learn about ‘coding.’ They plan and program these little robots to move forward, backward, and make turns on a mat,” Mr. Heminger noted.  “I also requested 12 Dash-Bots with the SCEF grant. These are a bit more sophisticated robots that students in third grade through sixth grade program and control using tablets and iPads. I am extremely grateful for the SCEF grant and the opportunities provided for our students and teachers,” Heminger stated.

Another teacher that shares Heminger’s gratitude is first grade teacher Mrs. Brandi Crowl.  She received an SCEF grant for word building kits to help students practice their spelling words.

“The first grade students in my classroom have been practicing phonics skills with word building kits. The kits allow students to study and practice the different spelling patterns and phonic sounds in words,” said Crowl.

Like Crowl, Mrs. Jodi Frank was granted instructional material for her third grade class to supplement her geography teaching.  This material was much needed for the required curriculum change.

“The grant funds provided me with the physical and digital means to meet the needs of all of my students, including those with learning challenges to those in need of academic enrichment,” described Frank. “These things would not have been possible without the SCEF grant.”

Fifth grade teacher Mrs. Kylee DeCaprio was granted two helpful products for her classroom this year. She received the Flocabulary Instructional Resource and Student Authoring Blank Books.

“I used the grant to get blank books for students. We start a month-long project after the holidays where students write and illustrate their own picture books, which they then share with the younger grades. I have several teachers read the books and select winners for the “Young Author Awards,” DeCaprio stated.

At the high school, Mrs. Sarah Barron received materials such as post-it notes, stickers, tape, and index cards that her 8th grade English students utilize for their interactive notebooks as well as other activities, thanks to an SCEF grant.
“Their interactive notebooks help them to study for final tests because they are able to create flashcards in their notebooks using the post-it notes,” Barron explained.  “I frequently observe students using their notebooks to help them prepare for exams. Students also use the post-it notes to mark and take notes on significant passages in their books. We use the stickers as a type of formative assessment during our vocabulary units.

Mrs. Barron is still reaping the benefits of the grant she received two years ago  “I received a folding table and chairs from SCEF, and those materials have allowed me to hold valuable writing conferences with my students,” she said. “I am thankful SCEF can provide students with these materials because they definitely enhance the quality of my instruction.”

Mrs. Linda Makarevich and 23 French students visited French-speaking Quebec last summer.


“SCEF funded two extra attractions to our immersion into Quebec’s history, language, traditions, and culture,” Mrs. Makarevich noted. “Le Musee du Fort sound and light show explained past battles and hardships of the Quebecois (people of Quebec).  Walking through Canada’s Royal 22nd Regiment Citadelle fort, a working military fort and only French-speaking regiment in the country, Shenango students were able to see active military personnel, tour through military buildings, and understand the basic workings of an active fort.”

Another grant allowed for the start-up of the Chess Club in the high school. Seventh grade science teacher Mr. Nate Flood is the advisor of the Chess Club.

“The SCEF grant was instrumental in the formation of Shenango’s chess club, providing a roster of over 50 Shenango students an opportunity to learn or advance their skills while making new friendships in the process,” he exclaimed.  “The grant was able to provide many chess sets and instructional materials for new players. In the futures, the club hopes to compete versus various schools in the area.”

In a season of giving, Shenango is blessed by SCEF!