High school students are embracing a creative take on learning, thanks to the new Makerspace library now available to all students and teachers in the building.
Makerspace is an interactive workshop to which all high school classrooms have access, much like a regular library. Whenever they see fit, teachers can sign out a class period for their students to visit the Makerspace library as a supplement to traditional lessons in a classroom setting.
As educators and coaches here at Burrell, we take great pride in the academic, athletic, and artistic achievements of our talented students. Continuing a tradition of excellence in diverse areas, we are pleased to be able to share with parents and the community the accomplishments of our students.
BHS Senior Earns Eastern Choral Honor
Emma Hough isn’t exactly one in a million.
But statistically speaking, she’s pretty close.
The Burrell High School senior was recently named a Commended Student as part of the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. She earned the distinction by scoring among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who took the 2014 Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test, making her eligible for scholarships from businesses and corporations that are affiliated with the program.
Kathy Grabigel spent more than 30 years performing, from community theater productions to one-woman shows, before having a son and taking on her most important role: working mom.
But she may saved her best performance for this past spring, when she stepped in to lead the Burrell High School show choir. In a matter of weeks, Grabigel guided a group of 26 students through four rehearsals that culminated with a rousing performance at the annual Alle-Kiski Show Choir Festival.
On June 1, the Class of 2015 represented the 50th to graduate from Burrell High School. Among the 125 graduating seniors were students who excelled in academics, sports, the arts and other extracurricular pursuits. Here, we chat with two of those seniors about their experiences, memories and the lessons they’ll take with them.
As Burrell High School principal, Dr. John Boylan is committed to providing every student in grades nine through 12 with the best education possible. As an educator, he knows that some of the most important lessons are learned outside a traditional classroom environment.
That’s why Boylan welcomed Dr. Gary Cuccia to the high school in February for an assembly about dating violence. Cuccia’s 16-year-old daughter, Demi Brae, was killed by her ex-boyfriend in 2007. Since then, Cuccia has worked to prevent similar tragedies through an educational organization he founded in his daughter’s memory.
Having directed musicals at Burrell High School for eight years, Martin Connolly finally decided it was time to stage “Grease.”
“Looking at the roster of kids, I got the feeling this would be a good year to do it,” Connolly says of the popular musical, set in the 1950s at fictional Rydell High School. “We had a lot of talent and kids who fit the roles.”
When students, faculty and administrators gathered for an assembly on Jan. 14 in the high school gymnasium, ninth-grade English teacher Meghan Nese wasn’t entirely certain why they were there. Noting the presence of Pennsylvania’s acting Secretary of Education, school board members and even Lower Burrell Mayor Donald Kinosz, Nese suspected only that the school was about to be recognized for excellence.
“I thought we were getting some kind of grant,” she says.
The new 3-D modeling technology interfaces with the school’s CADD software, Autodesk Inventor, to produce actual small scale 3-D models from ABS plastic materials, the same plastic used in the construction of LEGOS. “I wanted my Engineering classes to be able to actually begin creating the things that they were drawing,” says Mr. Zanella. “This is what the engineering and manufacturing industries are turning towards, and now Burrell students can experience it as part of their high school curriculum.”