Monday, May 6, 2013
Students returned back to class after a brief evacuation Monday.
Students at Oblock Jr. High in Plum are back in class after a brief evacuation Monday morning. According to the Allegheny County Twitter page, fire crews were dispatched to the school because smoke was coming from the ceiling of two classrooms on the second floor. A county dispatcher said the incident was due to an A/C malfunction, according to Post Gazette reporter John Schmitz.
Friday, September 7, 2012
A lunch-packing movement created by Plum High School students has negatively impacted the district's food service department.
It's been a little over a week since the "Brown Bagging" movement began in the Plum School District, and it already has impacted the food service departments financially. In an effort to protest new federal guidelines on school lunches, hundreds of students at the high school packed their lunches instead of buying. Beginning this school year, school districts—Plum and Riverview included—began following the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, requiring district lunchrooms to serve more whole grains; fruits and vegetables; fat-free or low-fat milk; and foods with lower sodium. Students initially said they weren't pleased with the increased cost of lunches, the smaller portions and the quality of the food. Their movement has…
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Here's a roundup of scores in the Plum School District.
Each school in the Plum School District—with the exception of Pivik Elementary—met the state's annual yearly progress, or AYP, target rate in its Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores. This year's state target was to have at least 81 percent of district students proficient in reading and at least 78 percent proficient in math—the goals are 11 percent higher than last year's. However, Pivik's economically disadvantaged subgroup did not meet reading targets with only 55.1 percent scoring proficient or higher. The school has been put on a warning by the state. Here's a complete percentage breakdown of how Plum School District students scored on the test. Note: These are preliminary scores released by the district. They are not final…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Plum School Board is exploring options dealing with elementary school renovations—including building an addition to one school and possibly closing another.
With the new George Pivik Elementary School ready to open next month, Plum School District officials have their sights on renovating the remaining elementary schools. Officials have determined that Adlai Stevenson Elementary, which is adjacent to Oblock Junior High in the Holiday Park neighborhood of Plum, most likely would be the first on the list. However, rather than just renovating the school, officials are considering building an addition. On Tuesday, the school board unanimously voted to authorize Pennsylvania Soil and Rock of Monroeville to conduct a core sample study at Adlai Stevenson at a cost not to exceed $4,000. Board member Shane McMasters, facility committee chair, said the matter had been discussed at length at the board's …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Plum School District Superintendent Timothy Glasspool has said that there have been some acts of vandalism at an elementary school.
Plum school officials are expected to invest in a camera system and "No Trespassing" signs in an attempt to stop vandalism at schools. At a recent school board facilities committee meeting, Superintendent Tim Glasspool said there have been problems at Adlai Stevenson Elementary, which is off Preque Isle Drive and in the same complex as Oblock Junior High. Glasspool said people have been vandalizing the school building with graffitti and trespassing on the property—sometimes even climbing on the roof—after hours. Administrators met with police officers, teachers and parents to discuss the problem and said it would be best to enhance security at many of the district schools. A security camera system already will be in place at the new George…
Monday, March 12, 2012
The workshop will be held on April 18 at Oblock Junior High.
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Internet can be very useful and informative, but safety and precaution are necessary—especially when it comes to knowing who you're talking to and what information is shared online. The Office of U.S. Representative Jason Altmire and Plum Borough School District will host an Internet Safety Workshop on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. Representatives from Facebook and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office will present information on responsible social networking, privacy settings, online safety and related topics. Federal resources on Internet safety also will be available from the Federal Trade Commission. The workshop is open to students and their families, teachers and staff, borough residents and interested individuals in …