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Bethel Park School District & Municipality Calendar 2022-23

Bethel Park School District Building/Telephone Directory Information Central Administration 301 Church Road, Bethel Park 15102 Dr. James Walsh, Superintendent .854-8402 Dr. Zeb Jansante, Assistant Superintendent .854-8420 L. Douglas McCausland, Director Finance/Business .854-8425 Elizabeth Wells, Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction K-12 .854-8420 Mandi Figlioli, Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction K-12 .854-8420 Sharon Kopy, Assistant Finance Director .854-8445 David Muench, Director, Student Support Services .854-8405 Dr. Sarah Shue, Supervisor, Special Education .854-8699 Anthony Piscioneri, Admin. Human Resources Services .854-8413 Scott Ziehler, Director, Transportation .854-8414 Brett Slezak, Director, Technology Services.854-8418 Dan Sloan, Director, Athletics .854-8548 Laura Grimm, Assistant Director, Athletics .854-8548 Ryan Quinn, Director, Facilities and Services .854-8615 John Rambo, Director, Food Services .854-8754 James Cromie, Director, Communication/Public Relations .854-8438 Bethel Park High School 309 Church Road, Bethel Park 15102 Main Office .854-8581 Joseph Villani, Principal.854-8571 James Fodse, Assistant Principal .854-8580 Diana Fronczek, Assistant Principal.854-8518 Mark Korcinsky, Assistant Principal .854-8516 Guidance Office .854-8597 Health Office .854-8550 Attendance Office .854-8572 Media Center .854-8565 Records Office .854-8595 Student Activities Office .854-8514 Athletic Office .854-8548 Independence 7-8 Middle School 2807 Bethel Church Road, Bethel Park 15102 Racquel Sutton, Principal .854-8677 Dr. George Spalaris, Assistant Principal .854-8678 Attendance Office .854-8684 Guidance Office (Grade 8) .854-8682 Guidance Office (Grade 7) .854-8688 Neil Armstrong Middle School (Grades 5-6) 5800 Murray Avenue, Bethel Park 15102 Kenneth Patterson, Principal.854-8751 Sheryl Kremer, Assistant Principal.854-8756 Abraham Lincoln Elementary School (Grades 1-4) 1524 Hamilton Road, Pittsburgh 15234 Jay Johnson, Principal . 854-8618 Benjamin Franklin Elementary School (Grades 1-4) 5400 Florida Avenue, Bethel Park 15102 Teresa Doumont, Principal.854-8741 Bethel Memorial Elementary School (Grades 1-4) 3301 South Park Road, Bethel Park 15102 Eric Chalus, Principal .854-8506 George Washington Elementary School (Grades 1-4) 515 Clifton Road, Bethel Park 15102 Fred Pearson, Principal .854-8546 William Penn Elementary School (Grades 1-4) 110 Woodlet Lane, Bethel Park 15102 Brian Lenosky, Principal, Director for Cyber/Alternative Learning Options .854-8522

The Bethel Park Board of School Directors The responsibility of the Board is to provide for students’ educational needs by establishing budgets, hiring staff, providing facilities, establishing curriculum and determining policies. All Board meetings are held at 7 PM in the Thomas A. Knight Memorial Community Room of the Bethel Park School District Administration Building unless otherwise noted. When conditions permit, the public is invited to attend and participate in all meetings. Board meetings are also typically live-streamed on the district’s YouTube channel. Barry Christenson President christenson.barry@bphawks.org Dan Grzybek grzybek.dan@bphawks.org Kim Walsh-Turner Vice President turner.kimberly@bphawks.org Gail Hoppe hoppe.gail@bphawks.org Buffie Faes faes.buffie@bphawks.org There are two primary types of school board meetings: Committee Meetings and Regular Meetings. With the exception of August and December, Committee Meetings are typically held on the third Tuesday of each month for the purpose of allowing the Board to discuss and conduct the general business of the school district. Formal action may be taken by the Board at these meetings, but generally, action is taken at the Regular (voting) Meeting, which has traditionally been held on the fourth Tuesday of the month, except in November and December. The Board does not typically have any meetings scheduled in July, but as we have all learned in recent years, plans can and do change so please consult the Events Calendar on the website for the most up-to-date meeting times and dates. If a date on this calendar conflicts with an event listed on the website’s electronic calendar, please defer to the website’s listing as that is more likely to be accurate. Scheduled meetings for the 2022-2023 school year are scheduled as follows: August 2, 23 *The meeting schedule for September 20, 27 Calendar year 2023 will be October 18, 25 determined by the newly November 15 (Combined Committee/Regular Meetings) seated Board of School December 6 (Reorganization Meeting at 6:30 PM) Directors at their December and 15 (Combined Committee/Regular Meetings) reorganization meeting. The public may view the meetings in several ways including in-person or on the district’s official YouTube channel [search: Bethel Park School District]. The District records each meeting and BPTV janosik.sharon@bphawks.org regularly airs them on Comcast Channel 17 and Verizon Channel 31. Consult the municipality’s website for air times and scheduling information. Sharon Janosik The District and BPTV also each post Bethel Park School Board Meetings on YouTube. Darren McGregor mcgregor.darren@bphawks.org Jim Modrak modrak.jim@bphawks.org Vince Scalzo scalzo.vince@bphawks.org Public comments are accepted at the Committee and Regular Meetings. Comments on agenda items only will be accepted at the beginning of the meetings. At the end of the meetings, comments will be accepted on agenda as well as non-agenda items. Before stating their comments, each speaker must state his/her name, address and group’s name (if applicable). People watching the meetings remotely may also speak at the public meetings by calling 412-851-6911. Comments will be limited to two minutes. Topics for remarks may include school operations or school programs. Complaints about school personnel will not be discussed at public sessions. Non-residents who wish to address the Board can do so by submitting a request form prior to the meeting, which can be obtained at the District’s Administration Building. Meeting agendas and minutes of the current year’s meetings are available on the Board section of the district’s website, www.bpsd.org. You may contact the Board individually at the information located on this page or you can send one email to all of them and the Superintendent at schoolboard@bphawks.org.

Bethel Park Facilities Will Truly Be “Best in Class” In May, Bethel Park School District began the first phase of its two-phase 42 million renovation of Independence Middle School, which will serve students in grades 6-8 starting in 2025. The summer construction phase included the complete demolition and reconstruction of the main office area and the new sixth-grade classroom sections located on the main floor. The second phase, which will take place during the school year but after school hours, will revamp the rest of the facility. Also in May, the district’s school board voted unanimously to build a new 80 million elementary center, which will house district students in grades K5. The decision to build a new elementary center rather than renovate existing facilities came following an exhaustive 18-month process that included a comprehensive feasibility study, feedback from the school district and community stakeholders, and discussions with expert demographers and architectural firms. The process also included several public forums and online presentations to consider multiple viewpoints. “Our focus as a school board, right from the start, has always been on making sure that we are providing our students and staff with the tools they need to succeed while also remaining fiscally responsible to the community,” said board president Barry Christenson. “It has never been about buildings, per se, but rather our ability to deliver the kind of education that our students need to be successful and which our families have come to expect.” Christenson said that the discovery process made it clear that the current facilities would require millions of dollars in renovations just to bring them up to par. “The board studied and discussed the issue for more than a year and eventually agreed that it made a lot more sense both educationally and financially to invest in a 21st-century facility with modern amenities than it did to spend roughly the same money to try to retrofit buildings that were built in a different time and with different educational and school safety priorities,” he said. The new facility, located adjacent to the current Neil Armstrong Middle School, will offer students more STEAM-based learning opportunities and enough space to facilitate teacher collaboration and innovation in a safe and secure environment. According to district superintendent Dr. James Walsh, the new elementary center will allow Bethel Park to continue to be among the “best in class” while at the same time maintaining the community feels that the current elementary buildings offer. “We have heard loud and clear throughout the process that people generally understand the district’s need to modernize our facilities; but at the same time, they also worry that combining five smaller elementary schools into one large elementary center could overwhelm our youngest students,” said Dr. Walsh. “That is a very reasonable concern, and it should inform our decision-making going forward,” he said. Still, according to Dr. Walsh, the benefits of building a 21st-century learning center became increasingly clear over time. “It’s not the buildings that make our elementary schools special, it’s our people, and those same people will lay the foundations of our new school as well,” he said. “With careful planning and the right people, you can make a larger facility feel more intimate, but you can’t make a small, older facility feel large and modern.” Construction on the elementary facility is set to begin in 2023. The district considered several key findings from a 2021 feasibility study: The district’s population is projected to remain stable over the next ten years. The need to invest in facilities to improve accessibility and security and consider that many major systems are nearing the end of their expected life. The lack of equity in the Bethel Park students’ educational experiences in grades K-4 is related to discrepancies in class sizes, level of special education services available, availability of other student support services, and differences in physical facilities. The need to implement a 21st-century educational curriculum. The unused space and unused student capacity at IMS. The major investment needed to upgrade facilities and provide more equity and levelloading of classes The district has also created www.bpsdbestinclass.org, a microsite dedicated to the progress of the district’s exciting new construction projects. It will allow the community to follow the respective construction projects’ progress. Also, district residents are always welcome to participate in the school board’s monthly facilities meetings. The school board will continue to discuss the projects and are available to answer some of your questions. For more information on all things Bethel Park School District, visit the district’s website, www.bpsd.org,

Year At A Glance AUGUST 17 22 23 24 25 SEPTEMBER New Teacher Induction Staff Development Day Staff Development Day Room Preparation Day Classes Begin 5 Labor Day (No Classes) 27 28 First Marking Period Ends Records Day (No Classes) 8 24-28 Staff Development Day (No Classes) Fall Break (No Classes) 23-30 Winter Break (No Classes) 13 16 17 Second Marking Period Ends Records Day (No Classes) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No Classes) OCTOBER NOVEMBER DECEMBER JANUARY FEBRUARY 2 20 21 Staff Development – 2-Hour Delay for Students Presidents’ Day(No Classes) Staff Development Day (No Classes) 24 27 Third Marking Period Ends Records Day (No Classes) MARCH APRIL MAY 6-10 11 Spring Break(No Classes) Staff Development – 2-Hour Delay for Students 16 Staff Development Day (No Classes) Memorial Day (No Classes) 29 JUNE 6 7 8 Final Day of Classes (Early Release/AM Kindergarten Only Attends) /Final Marking Period Ends Records Day BPHS Class of ’23 Commencement (Rain Date: 6/9) SNOW MAKE-UP DAYS (in no particular order): December 23, April 6, April 10, June 7, June 8 and Remote Learning option Please note that scheduled event times and dates occasionally change during the school year. For the most current information on Bethel Park School District events, please consult our Events Calendar at www.bpsd.org. Emergency School Closings The School District is concerned about student and employee safety during inclement weather and other emergencies. Cancellations, delayed openings or early closings of school due to inclement weather or other emergencies will be determined as early as possible. All parents will be notified of delays and cancellations by a pre-recorded message to all of their telephone numbers via the district’s emergency notification system. Information can also be obtained on the district’s website as well as its social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Information will also be called into the three Pittsburgh television stations— KDKA (CBS), WTAE (ABC) and WPXI (NBC). The decision to delay, cancel or early dismiss school due to inclement weather conditions is made by the Superintendent in conjunction with the Municipality and the National Weather Service, with the safety of our students paramount in the decision making process. If school is canceled due to inclement weather, all Bethel Park Recreation Department activities held in school facilities are also canceled for that day unless otherwise specified. Two Hour Delays Sometimes the passage of time will enable road crews to clear the roads and allow busses to warm up and transport children safely to school. Should the school district declare a 2-Hour Delay, students should arrive at their bus stops or at school two hours later than usual. On days when a 2-hour delay is called, the district will operate a Modified Kindergarten Schedule as follows: Morning Kindergarten will attend from 11:20 AM to 1 PM Afternoon Kindergarten will attend from 2 to 3:40 PM Modified Kindergarten equalizes both sessions to 1 hour, 40 minutes of instruction. Parents, please be reminded that on days with delays, building staff is also on that delay, so there may not be anyone at the front door to let your child into the building, should they arrive too early. Please do not drop your child off at school before the delayed starting time. In the event of an emergency closing, all parents should have prior arrangements made for their children. Children should be aware of what to do, or where to go, in the event parents are not home at the time of the emergency dismissal.

Looking for School District Information? Check out the school district’s website: www.bpsd.org for the latest Bethel Park news and building-by-building information. Follow the BPSD on social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube and Twitter). Send your email address to the Communications Office to be placed on our E-Mail Newsletter mailing list to receive periodic updates of school district news, events and recognitions. If you are a BPSD parent or guardian, please contact a secretary at one of your children’s schools to have your email address added into the Student Data Base or you can make the changes yourself in the Home Access Center (HAC). Directly contact your child’s school. About This Calendar This calendar contains all of the major Bethel Park School District and Municipality of Bethel Park events scheduled for the 2022-2023 school year – as of July 2022. However, if the recent past has taught us anything it is that plans can and do change, particularly in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic. Date changes may also occur throughout the school year due to scheduling conflicts and weather cancellations. If you have specific questions about a particular listing in the calendar, please call the pertaining school to confirm the information. Updates will also appear in district publications and on our social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc.). Also, for the most current information on any of our events, please visit the Events Calendar section of our website, www.bpsd.org. It is our hope that this calendar will become a valuable planning resource for you and your family throughout the school year. Have a wonderful and healthy 2022-2023 school year and we hope to see you and your family at as many school district and community events as possible! About The School Day Starting/Dismissal Times for Bethel Park Schools Bethel Park High School Independence Middle School Neil Armstrong Middle School Elementary Schools (Grades 1-4) AM Kindergarten PM Kindergarten Start Time 7:25 AM 7:25 AM 8:05 AM 9:20 AM 9:20 AM 12:55 PM Dismissal Time 2:28 PM 2:25 PM 3:05 PM 3:40 PM 12:05 PM 3:40 PM Early Dismissal Times for Bethel Park Schools Bethel Park High School/Independence Middle School .11:15 AM Neil Armstrong/Morning Kindergarten .Noon Elementary Schools.1:00 PM Bethel Park Open House Dates at a Glance Neil Armstrong Fifth Grade .Tuesday, August 30 at 6:00 PM Neil Armstrong Sixth Grade .Tuesday, August 30 at 7:45 PM Bethel Park High School .Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30 PM Abraham Lincoln Elementary.Thursday, September 1 at 6:00 PM Independence Middle School.Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM Benjamin Franklin Elementary .Tuesday, September 6 at 6:30 PM George Washington Elementary .Wednesday, September 7 at 6:00 PM Memorial Elementary .Thursday, September 8 at 6:00 PM William Penn Elementary .Thursday, September 8 at 7:00 PM THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL FOR BETHEL PARK STUDENTS THURSDAY, AUGUST 25, 2022 Have a great year!

Immunization Requirements The Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department are requiring the following immunizations for all students K-12 by the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: 4 doses of tetanus (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) 4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) 4 doses of acellular pertussis (usually given as DTP or DTaP – 1 dose on or after the 4th birthday) 4 doses of polio (4th dose on or after the 4th birthday and at least 6 months after the previous dose is given) 2 doses of measles (usually given as MMR) 2 doses of mumps (usually given as MMR) 2 doses of rubella (usually given as MMR) 3 doses of hepatitis B (an additional dose would be necessary if the first three are not administered within the proper time frame) 2 doses of varicella (chicken pox) or written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity. On the first day of school, unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had at least one dose of the above vaccinations or risk exclusion from school. If a child does not have all the doses listed above, needs additional doses and the next dose is medically appropriate, the child must receive that dose within the first five days of school or risk exclusion from school. If the next dose is not the final dose of the series, the child must also provide a medical plan (red and white card) within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion. If a child does not have all the doses listed above, needs additional doses and the next dose is not medically appropriate, the child must provide a medical plan (red and white card) within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations or risk exclusion. The medical plan must be followed or risk exclusion. The following are requirements for all students in grades 7 by the first day of school (in addition to the above vaccines): 1 dose of tetanus/diphtheria/acellular pertussis (TdaP) 1 dose of meningitis vaccine (MCV) The following is a requirement for all students in grade 12 by the first day of school (in addition to the above vaccines): 1 dose of meningitis vaccine (MCV) received after the age of 16 (for a total of 2 doses) On the First Day of 7th and 12th Grade - Unless the child has a medical or religious/philosophical exemption, a child must have had the above vaccines or risk exclusion from school. The vaccines required for entrance, 7th grade and 12th grade continue to be required in each succeeding school year. These requirements allow for the following exemptions: medical reason, religious belief, or philosophical/strong moral or ethical conviction. Even if your child is exempt from immunizations, he or she may be excluded from school during an outbreak of vaccine preventable disease. Universal Blood Lead Level Testing Effective January 1, 2018 all children are required to have their blood lead level tested prior to entry into kindergarten or before they are six years old, whichever is sooner. Parents who object in writing on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief can opt out of blood testing. Health Screenings The Pennsylvania Public School Code requires that students receive health screenings at certain grade levels: Exam Grade Level Height, Weight and Body Mass Index (BMI) Annually, grades K-12 Vision – Distance and Acuity Screening Annually, grades K-12 Vision – Convex Lens, Color Vision, and Stereo/ Grade 1 and upon enrollment Depth Perception Screening to school, if not done previously Hearing Screening Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 11 Scoliosis Screening Grades 6 and 7 (abnormal curvature of the spine) Mandated Exams The Pennsylvania Public School Code mandates that all students receive the follo

Bethel Park School District Building/Telephone Directory Information Central Administration 301 Church Road, Bethel Park 15102 Dr. James Walsh, Superintendent .854-8402 Dr. Zeb Jansante, Assistant Superintendent .854-8420 L. Douglas McCausland, Director Finance/Business .

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