PMEA Regionals First Chair!

Baldwin High School senior and Choir President, Stephen Tsambarlis competed against dozens of other singers from 40 area high schools and qualified for PMEA Regionals receiving first chair in the Bass I section.

He will be singing at the Regional Festival in March and auditioning to qualify for the state level.

Congratulations Stephen!

4C Your Future Night (Formerly known as Curriculum Night)

Last month families should have received a postcard in the mail that described a new program called, 4C Your Future. This night was formerly known as Curriculum Night, but it has now been revamped and designed to address important topics for all of our students, and not just our new incoming 9th grade.

On Thursday, February 25th, Baldwin High School will host our first annual 4C Your Future Night which covers topics related to Career, College, Community, and Curriculum. Our doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the official customized presentations beginning at 7:00.

Some examples of our customized presentations include information on, “In demand careers and training;” The college application process; Military requirements; Community service opportunities with our local Fire Departments, Presentations from colleges and universities, and much, much more. And of course, we’ll have sessions to learn more about Career Cruising, our Advanced Placement programs, and details regarding our on-line scheduling process.

We encourage all of our parents and students in grades 8 through 12 to attend this jam-packed, information-filled evening. There is definitely something here for everyone.

Please join us on Thursday, February 25th, for a terrific evening and look for a brochure that we will email to families within the next few days that includes more details about the presentations.

See you then!

Be a Hero – Doing good deeds

BHS Teachers, Mr. and Mrs. Fochtman, are holding an event called #BEAHERO212 Friday, February 12, 2016, to honor the memory of their son, Logan, who passed away in 2012.

Mrs. Fochtman had a very rare liver tumor that ruptured near the end of her pregnancy with Logan. It was considered a miracle that she survived, but it was learned that Logan’s life ultimately saved Mrs. Fochtman’s.

During that extremely difficult time countless students, staff, administrators, parents, and community members reached out to the Fochtmans – and did good deeds to show their support.

In honor of Logan, the Fochtmans are promoting the Be a Hero 212 Project.

On Friday, February 12, 2016, everyone is asked to do a kind deed for someone else. It can be helping with dinner, spending extra time with family, donating to the Food Drive at school, donating blood, etc. Whether big or small, any good deed toward another person makes this world a better place. Let’s see how many we can do in one day!

Please spread the word and do a good deed Friday, February 12, 2016, then tweet it with #BEAHERO212. For those who do not have social media, there is a box in the main office where good deeds may be submitted.

BHS Cheerleaders place 7th in the nation!

Our BHS Cheerleaders performed extremely well over the weekend at UCA Nationals this weekend in Orlando.

On Sunday, February 7, the girls competed and moved onto the finals and had a great run by placing 7th in the country for their Game Day routine!

It was a terrific accomplishment for these girls and a fantastic season.

Way to go girls!

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BHS Senior Art Exhibit

The first student art installation was on display in one of the stairwells of BHS earlier this month. Senior Justin Coulehan named his installation Path to Higher Knowledge.

Mr. Wodarek, Justin’s art teacher, expressed his pride with Justin’s exhibit stating, “Justin was able to take a risk and delve into a conceptual piece with such an enlightened theme. Not many high school students are able to take the art off the canvas and explore contemporary art in this manner.”

It was an interesting piece and unique like no other we have seen at BHS.

Here are a few pictures of the exhibit:

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9th Grade Honors English Pull An All-Nighter!

Members of Mr. Harrison’s 9th Grade Honors English classes are pulling an, “All-Nighter” tonight as they read the entire book, The Odyssey.

They began reading immediately after school today and will continue to read throughout the night until all of the chapters are read.

Pizza and soda breaks are scheduled periodically during the night as students take turns reading and Mr. Harrison provides insight and explanation. The expected time to finish is 7:30 AM.

Looks fun – but tiring.

Way to go, Class of 2019!

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BHS Art Students Exhibit Art in NYC

Last weekend students from BHS Studio Art III and Studio Art IV appeared in a New York City Art Gallery alongside of established New York artists.

The Visual AIDS annual art exhibition and benefit sale of postcard-size original works of art included painting, drawing, photography, printmaking and mixed media.

This year’s event was held January 29-31, 2016 at The Sikkema Jenkins & Co Gallery.

The Artist’s Preview Reception took place on January 29, 2016.

Awesome Talent!

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Parents – this is an excellent opportunity

A representative from Gateway Rehabilitation will present pertinent information on current trends in adolescent drug use. An opportunity to ask questions will be available following the presentation.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
Location: Whitehall Elementary School’s Library
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

All parents are invited and encouraged to attend.

Please contact Amy Lewis, at 412-885-7525 or with any questions. Please use this form to register before February 17, 2016:

PMEA Orchestra and Regional Band Students

Congratulations to Baldwin HS Junior Trumpeter Kevin Skinkis.

Kevin was chosen through a competitive audition to participate in both PMEA Region Orchestra and Region Band.

Region Orchestra will take place on February 25-27 at State College HS and Region Band will take place on March 9-11 at Valley HS.

Congratulations to Kevin and all of our District Orchestra and Band students on representing Baldwin so well!

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