BHS – National Art Honor Society – Holiday Cheer

Members of the BHS National Art Honor Society were busy spreading Christmas cheer this holiday season.

Mrs. Foote’s classroom was transformed in to a cookie decorating station on Monday afternoon, and the NAHS Elves let their creative juices flow!

After an hour of decorating, the room was covered in chocolate, sprinkles, icing, and cookie crumbs!

The students were eager to share the finished product with the BHS Staff, and left their “Ugly Sweater” themed cookies at the sign-in station in the main office this morning.

Happy Holidays everyone!

NAHS Cookies 2014


ESL – BHS – Parents – Teachers – Whitehall Library

In effort to increase parental involvement, the BHS English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers joined families at the Baldwin and Whitehall Libraries Monday, December 15, for Crafts, Caroling, and Curriculum.

The program was in conjunction with the L.E.A.R.N. Bus, a grant-funded monthly series that shuttles over 100 refugee families to local libraries to participate in children’s programs, computer skills, activities, reading, and literacy skills. Mrs. Musselman, Dr. Niemi, and Mrs. Walzl were able to meet and conference with numerous ESL families at the event, while ESL seniors earned service hours as translators for the program.

The L.E.A.R.N. Bus is sponsored and hosted by the Baldwin and Whitehall Libraries. This is the fourth year of this ESL teacher and library collaboration.










Interactive with BHS Preschool

Baldwin High School Alums, Maura McGrady and Alyssa Taylor are studying teaching at IUP and recently returned to BHS to present their original interactive story to the preschool classes.

This very special interactive story is about how a group of children help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve using a special reindeer food. It was inspired by Maura’s interactive story that she wrote when she was a senior at BHS in the Preschool class.

She has returned every year since she graduated to retell the story to our little ones.

This year is especially exciting because Maura is hoping to publish this story and is working with Alyssa (an art education major at IUP) who is doing all of the illustrating. They are hoping to complete the draft and begin searching for publishers by this summer.

We at BHS, are so proud of our graduates and all of the wonderful things they are accomplishing.

It is gratifying to watch our alums inspire our students (the little ones and BIG ones)!





JA Titans On-line Competition

Congratulations to our JA Titan teams. In the online competition held at the AIU, Natalie Weida, Jaycee Revo, and Stevie Kisty finished 3rd. Alex Keiser, Sami Scherrer and Morgan Geyer placed 4th overall.

Titan-3rd place


First Team All-Conference Honorees

Nick Altavilla, Doug Altavilla and Josh Zinsmeister received their First Team All-Conference plaques at a luncheon last week honoring all of the First Team All-Conference players in Quad A football.


All Conference Football Photo 12-4-14


Musical Audition Information

Here is information for students who are interested in auditioning for the Spring Musical:

• Tuesday, December 16 at 7:00 PM in BHS Auditorium–Parent and Student Informational Meeting and Audition Workshop
• Friday, December 19 from 3:00-5:30 (Mandatory Dance Audition, all must attend) in BHS Auditorium
• Saturday, December 20 from 9:30 AM-4:00 PM (Mandatory Singing and Acting Call, all must attend) in BHS Auditorium
For the dance call, please come dressed in clothing and shoes you are able to dance and move comfortably in. You will be taught a dance combination by the choreographer and will audition in groups.

For the singing/acting call, please sign up for an audition time on the sign-up sheet located with Ms. DePetro in the Attendance Office.

Casting breakdown will be available there as well. A few perusal scripts will also be located in the choral room.

Please prepare at least one song (with sheet music in the correct key, no longer than a minute in length). Memorization is encouraged.

You may be invited to read a role after you have sung, so plan on spending the afternoon with us.


Challenge Program Award Winners!

Baldwin Challenge Program 12-15-14

Pictured here are 2013/2014 underclassmen winners of The Challenge Program, Inc. awards, which were sponsored by MTS Technologies, Inc. Front row, left to right: Kenzie Eggert, sophomore STEM; Stephanie Teahan, sophomore community service; Annemarie Cappurccini, junior community service; Stephanie Bott, junior attendance; Daria Och, sophomore academic excellence; and Jillian Weida, junior STEM. Back row: Harrison Solenday, sophomore attendance; Evan Isaacs, junior academic excellence; Dwane Kunkel, junior academic improvement; and Prakash Wagley, sophomore academic improvement.

The Challenge Program, Inc. distributed financial awards to the underclassmen today at Baldwin High School for excelling in the areas of Attendance, Academic Improvement, Academic Excellence, STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) and Community Service.

The program partners with businesses to motivate high school students to excel and introduce them to career opportunities in their own communities. MTS Technologies, Inc. was the sponsor of the program at the school for the 2013/14 school year.

For information about 2015/2016 sponsorship of The Challenge Program, Inc. at Baldwin High School, contact Mark Ziegenfuss, manager of program development, at (412) 779-8779.

Since its inception in 2003, The Challenge Program, Inc. has been introduced to more than 465,000 high school students in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and West Virginia.

For more information on the program, visit our website: www.tcpinc.org.


Book Fair This Weekend – Barnes and Noble

Join us this Saturday, December 13 for Baldwin High School’s Book Fair!

10:00AM – 10:00PM
Barnes & Noble
301 South Hills Village

See below for a few of our scheduled events:
9:00 AM – 11:00 PM – Diversity Club Drink called “Liquid Diversity Drink” – Café
- Hot Caramel Mocha with whipped cream & cocoa powder

10:00 AM – French and Spanish Children’s Book Reading w/ craft
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Face Painting
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Art Show/ Coloring Contest
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM NHS Free Gift Wrapping
11:30 AM – Dance Team Performance/Ballet Lesson/ book reading
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Photo with Highlander
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – ESL native dances and readings
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Robotics Club Robot Kit
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Snowflake Craft
1:00 AM – 1:30 PM – ESL native dances and readings
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – A Visit from Disney Princesses
2:00 PM – Guatemalan Christmas Plate Decorating
2:00 PM – Lit Guild Discussion of The Maze Runner
3:00 PM – Puppet Shows
3:00 PM – String Quartet

Can’t Attend in Person?

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us
online from 12/13/14-12/19/14by entering
the following code:
Bookfair ID#:11501830
Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Holiday Concerts

As we have done in the past, the BHS music students will be performing to celebrate the holiday season. Attached to this post is the list of dates, times, and locations of concerts.

Some dates also include elementary and middle school students who will perform either with the high school students or by their own grade level(s).

Please join us for beautiful, holiday music that is sure to get you into the spirit!

Happy Holidays from Baldwin High School.

BWSD Music Department Concert Dates 2014


BHS students from Latin Class published!

Included in this blog is a copy of the latest JCL Keystone, the quarterly periodical to which Latin students are encouraged to submit articles, photographs, and other items.

As a club at BHS, we send in submissions for every issue and this time, one of our articles made the cover!

Congratulations to Sarah McCusker for her skilled writing and to Zeke Holleran for being photographed.

Fall Keystone Latin Publication 2014

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