Straight Talk Task Force Tackles Difficult Subjects in Monthly Presentations

All schoolyear long, the Straight Talk Task Force has been bringing free monthly presentations to SCASD parents, caregivers and community members covering topics like depression and anxiety, drugs and alcohol, sexual abuse, self-harm, healthy relationships and more.

In April, SHAPE America’s Teacher of the Year in health education, Melanie Lynch, tackled the high stakes topic of body image in her Straight Talk presentation at Mount Nittany Middle School. On May 17, 9 through 12 grade students in My Mental Health Matters, a new club at State High, presented May’s Straight Talk session. MMHM is a student-formed club that aims to erase the stigma attached to issues surround mental health.

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SCASD Teachers Honored by State College Magazine

State College Magazine ran its Teachers of the Year story on May 1, recognizing the outstanding efforts of teachers in the region. Among the honorees were three SCASD teachers: Mary Hershey, chemistry teacher at State High; Mary Robert, second grade teacher at Radio Park Elementary; and Lisa Harrington, kindergarten teacher at Ferguson Township Elementary.

Read the complete story here.  

Park Forest Elementary Chosen as Green Ribbon School

In April, Park Forest Elementary School was one of 47 schools nationwide to be named a Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The criteria for selection are adherence to these pillars: reduced environmental impact and cost, improved health and wellness, and effective environmental sustainability education. PFE’s nomination stated that it “provides the building blocks for teaching and learning the basic tenets that support life and ensure a sustainable environment for generations to come.” Read more about the award and PFE’s nomination here