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Steeltown Entertainment
On Friday, May 12, Steeltown Entertainment conducted a STEM lesson for the TV Production I classes. The topics were professional lighting and audio from an industry standpoint, as well as how to apply these concepts to the resources available to the students for use in their class projects. By the end of the lesson, students participated in a mock movie set activity to apply what they learned in class.

STEAM Playground
The first ever STEAM Playground at Plum Senior High School will be held on Friday, May 26th in the HS Library. The Playground will allow students, staff, and community members to explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics activities. Students can try their hand at coding using Hour of Coding, creating Arts and Bots using Hummingbird robots and Scratch programming software, try out the 3D printer, create a light-up circuit, and much more. Community members are welcome to stop in and give STEAM a try! Click here to view flyer.
Despite the cold and the rain...PHS SADD found some dry spots to write positive messages for Prom 2017!
Virginia Beach Competition
The Plum Senior High School Music Department would like to announce the results of their Adjudication/Competition in Virginia Beach. One hundred fifty-seven students participated in this festival contest with students from other schools across the country. The process aids instruction, is rigorous, and provides a comparison to other school music programs nationally. We are proud of the students’ accomplishments.

On behalf of the students, we would like to thank the Community and Administration at every level for their past and continued support. Your fostering and care of this program from Elementary age through High School will ensure continued success in this critical and worthwhile process. Your support is reflected in the students’ success.

The Recap is as follows:

String Orchestra 1st place Superior Rating

Jazz Band 1st place Excellent Rating

Chamber Choir 1st Place Superior Rating

Concert Band 1st Place Excellent Rating

Symphonic Band 1st Place Excellent Rating

Ladies Chorus 1st Place Superior Rating

Marching Band 2nd Place Excellent Rating

Special and significant awards were garnered as well. They include:

The William Revelli Over All Concert Band and High Jazz Band Award

Outstanding Marching Band Auxiliary

The Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser “Esprit de Corps” Award for Outstanding Musicianship, Character, Professionalism, and School Spirit (We are very proud of this one in particular).

Scholastic Achievement Program
The Pittsburgh Pirates are offering students free tickets during the 2017 season for their academic achievements.  For additional information and order application click here.
Horizon's Club Fundraiser
Plum High School Horizon's Club is wrapping up their fundraiser which is helping to raise money to build a water well in Liberia.  Click here to view a video clip of the ongoing project in Liberia. 

Open Doors to Federal Courts Program

Students from Plum Senior High Econ/Law class attended the “Open Doors to Federal Courts” program at the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The first session was a panel discussion with federal agents representing the FBI, the DEA, and Homeland Security Investigations. Each agent presented their job duties, educational backgrounds and allowed for a question/answer period. The panel discussion was held in one of the courtrooms. Some of our students even got to sit in the jury box! Students actively participated in a question and answer session after each agent completed their presentations. The second session was a mock sentencing hearing led by a semi-retired federal judge. The "case" involved a conviction of a high school student who made threats via social media. Both the prosecution and defense as well as the probation officer presented evidence and recommendations re: the sentencing of the convicted individual. All roles were played by attorneys and clerks of the U.S. District Court, as well as the retired judge. Students served as jurors and voted on the verdict after all parties presented information during the trial.

Distinguished Alumni Recognition

Plum Senior High students of the National Honors Society met with the Distinguished Alumni at Oakmont Country Club. There the ambassadors presented each member with a gift commemorating their achievements in their related fields of work. Alumni toured the high school the following day (Some of which haven’t been back since 1977) to observe the changes the building has undergone. Individual alumni had the opportunity to observe classrooms, talk with current staff members, and meet future alumni. Student ambassadors gave a speech on the contributions each member has given to society, unveiled the “Distinguished Alumni Wall”, and welcomed new members to the National Honors Society.

Book Drive
Mrs. Martello's 1st period English 11 class collected 524 books to win a donut party sponsored by the Student Government. All the books collected within the school will be going to Better World Books, an organization that provides funding to countless charities. Thank you to all who donate as we could not have enjoyed this special treat without your support!


The Purple Comet Competition is an international math competition for high school and middle school students. High school students have to solve 30 problems in 90 minutes. They are permitted calculators and books, but no internet tools. The competition is open for one week. The competition is sponsored by AwesomeMath. There is no prize, but there is the thrill of competing with 10,000 students from 59 countries. Greg Perez and Blake George accepted the challenge.

The Science Competition includes a written test and various other activities. Questions are related to math, chemistry, physics, and biology. The participants included Carter Campbell, Dom Dedola, Adam Lewis, and Angelo Giunta.

During the Propaganda Competition Students watch video segments and determine the type of propaganda used. Some examples include post hoc, tabloid thinking, and ambiguity. Katie Mozelewski, Maria Czura, Hailey Helpenstell, and Jonah Albert (not pictured) accepted the challenge for this event!

Science Olympiad
Students of Plum Senior High Participated in the Science Olympiad at California University of Pennsylvania.


Top Left to right: Claire Klipple, Angela Mamatas, Colin Lewis, Dylan Zerzav, Carter Campbell, Alexis Bruno, Marissa Beigley, Shea Lynch

Bottom Left to right: Amanda Martin, Jonathan Heiner, Brennan Poole, Reed Coulson, Graham Merlin, Gregory Perez

Event medal won for: Astronomy Fourth Place- Claire Klipple & Carter Campbell

Event medal won for: Hovercraft Fourth Place- Claire Klipple & Carter Campbell

Program of Studies

The Plum Borough High School Program of Studies has enhanced the current course offerings to provide students with more alternatives when selecting their electives with a focus on technology. The new courses are: Introduction to Computer Science through Game Design, Unity 3D Programming, AP Computer Science Principles, STEAM Studio, Psychology, and History of the Holocaust. The English Department has also updated their Program of Studies by adding semester course classes, giving students more flexibility with scheduling opportunities. The purpose of the restructuring of course studies aligns with the school district’s Mission statement, which is to create globally competitive citizens.

In an effort to improve our high school, on February 13 and 14, 2017, a representative group of students met with the US Department of Justice (Community Relations), PA Department of Education (Center for Safe Schools), external facilitators, and administrators to identify lingering problems in the high school. Together, students proposed possible solutions to the presented issues and shared these issues with the administrators. A council of students was developed to regularly meet with administration. Subsequently, the SPIRIT council met with the student body during lunches to inform other students of the newly created group.

SPIRIT Mission Statement:

SPIRIT stands for Student Problem Identification and Resolution of Issues Together. It is designed to give the students a voice and empower them. SPIRIT is a student-focused organization, aimed toward identifying and solving issues in our school and community. Our SPIRIT council works directly with administration to actively address problems presented to us. We are here as student representatives so other students feel comfortable talking with us about issues they feel are prominent in our school. Over our two-day training, we have freely voiced issues that we are working toward solving to improve our district as a whole.

Additional information can be found about SPIRIT by clicking here.

Reflections Contest
Two Plum Senior High students are moving onto the National Reflections judging.  Kayla Green for Film Production, "The Three Kings" and Stephanie Craft for Visual Arts, "My Story".  Congratulations and good luck.

12th grade students require a 2nd DOSE OF MCV (MENINGITIS VACCINE) MAY BE ADMINISTERED FROM AGE 16 PLUS.  PA LAW REQUIRES THAT WITHIN 5 DAYS OF STARTING SCHOOL, the nurse’s office be provided with proof that your child has received all “Required Vaccines".

Homework Hotline
The Penn State New Kensington Homework Hotline is back! Students who are looking for assistance in their Math subjects can contact the Homework Hotline. Hours of operation are from Sunday through Thursday from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.  Click here to view the brochure and contact information.


Click here to watch a tutorial video on how to use the Family ID site to complete physical forms for your student athlete 
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