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I begin this communication by stating that it is the responsibility of the superintendent to run a school district providing optimal learning opportunities for all students while managing finances.  The current Collective Bargaining Unit under discussion is one that I inherited when I arrived July 1.  I did not participate in the drafting, negotiating or voting of this document.  The budget drafting for the 2015-16 academic year will begin in January and must be completed by May 31.  The budget will then be on public display for 30 days and officially accepted on or before June 30.  In anticipation of this, I have prepared a grid of data to specifically identify the key areas of the new teacher’s contract. 


Yesterday I hosted a lunch for area journalists at my own expense to provide information requested.  My intent was and remains media requested information to be accurate and ensure that the message delivered was done in a fair and objective manner.  The grid indicates the amount of millage increase necessary to balance the budget as well as anticipated furloughs. 


I will be discussing this at an open forum Town Hall meeting on Monday, October 27 at 7:00 pm in the Large Group Instruction Room at Highland Middle School.  I hope that members of the community will attend.  If you are not able to attend this meeting or have questions or comments to deliver to me in advance, please send an e mail to or contact my office.  It is a pleasure to continue to serve the Blackhawk Community and I look forward to an ongoing year of achievement, productivity, and growth. 


Deer Lakes Marching Band Festival
Congratulations to the Blackhawk marching band for their fist place finish at this weekend's competition at deer lakes.  The band won the awards for high visual and high general effect to beat out three other schools in their class.  The Blackhawk band will have their final competition at Penn Trafford for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association Championships on Saturday, November 1st.  Great job so far, and best of luck!  Please click HERE to see pictures from the competition. 

The following high school students have been selected as "The Student of the Month" for October: 
Courtney Vannoy - Little Beaver Lions 
Noah Ross - Rotary 
Frank Riggio - Chippewa Lions
School Board Meeting Date Change
The next Board of School Directors meeting will be November 13, 2014 at Highland Middle School in the LGI room.
District Survey
Please click HERE to take the District Survey.
Dear Community Members of Blackhawk School District:
In the past several months, members of the Board of School Directors have been approached by concerned district residents re: the current state of the Northwestern sports complex and the Northwestern School.  Northwestern is rapidly approaching its 60th birthday and continues to be a concern to District officials.  Necessary repairs to the building are quite costly.  Along with that is the need for electrical updates, renovations in the kitchen and lockers rooms, replacing aging equipment and paying for ongoing maintenance is an added expense.  Finally, the sports complex is inferior to today’s complexes that are used throughout the community for various groups, functions and occasions.  A group of concerned teachers, coaches, administrators, commissioners and several citizens in leadership positions have held two meetings to organize working groups with the purpose of identifying all options.  Although several School Directors and the Superintendent attend the meetings, there are no decisions made or votes cast.  The group is currently putting together reports and hopes to be prepared for public meetings in January.  Please visit the website often and stay current with our progress and learn about the dates, times and locations of community meetings.  All residents are invited to take the survey posted on our website.
Sports Complex Committee is researching the following:
1.       What are the assets and liabilities of current field and stadium
2.       What revenue can be generated from hosting events on a turf field
3.       What are the effects on property values
4.       What is the possibility of completing the project in phases
Fundraising committee members and related activities are exploring:
5.       What corporate donations can be generated
6.       How will we “sell” the idea to potential donors if a new stadium is proposed
7.       Determination of fundraising goals
8.       Determination of fundraising donor levels:  e.g. silver, gold, platinum, bronze, patron
On the Northwestern side, the assignments are as follows:
1.       Instructional Limitations currently at Northwestern
2.       Implications of radon and mold recurring issues
3.       “Going Green” sustainable projects related to energy and conservation
4.       Making a new building “tech friendly” for now and in the future
5.       Asbestos Removal
6.       Looking at other energy friendly new schools or under construction
Blackhawk Students and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Eight members of the Blackhawk Concert Choir were selected to sing with the PSO Chorale and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra this coming weekend! The students have been preparing for the concert “Heroes and Villains”, which will be conducted by Lucas Richman. There will also be a guest performances by Sheena Easton. Congratulations to Noelle Marousis, Louis D’Amico, Ethan Kron, Kacie Rumbaugh, Lexy Blanco, Logan Steel, Becca Beaumont, and Jared Stonefield! 
Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Sunday at 2:30.
For more information and to order tickets, please visit
Jefferson Award Winner

PATTERSON HEIGHTS -- An 8-year-old borough girl was one of 50 western Pennsylvania volunteers honored with a Jefferson Award for her efforts in raising arthritis awareness and funds to fight for a cure.

Three years ago, Mariah Aquino-Truss of Patterson Heights was diagnosed with juvenile arthritis that causes symptoms such as joint swelling, pain and stiffness.

Since her diagnosis, Mariah has hosted an annual event -- Mariah's Movers Carnival -- at Bradys Run Park, donating proceeds to the Arthritis Foundation of Pittsburgh. In three years, the event has raised more than $6,000.

In 2012, she was the child honoree for the Pittsburgh Walk to Cure Arthritis and last year was honored at the walk for her work in seeking a cure.

Mariah donates an average of 10 hours a month volunteering for the Arthritis Foundation, and frequently educates her peers at school assemblies and others.

The Jefferson Awards were established in 1972 by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, U.S. Sen. Robert Taft Jr. and Sam Beard. Locally, the awards are supported by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Highmark and BNY Mellon.

An awards ceremony will be held next spring. Winners receive a bronze medallion. One recipient will be named Pittsburgh's Most Outstanding Volunteer and will represent the region at a national awards ceremony next June.   This article can be viewed in the Beaver County Times, October 14, 2014.

Blackhawk School District is proud to be a partner with Carnegie Science Center and the STEM Excellence Pathways. 
BHS Lip Dub
The BHS Lip Dub survey has closed - results will be announced soon!

Thank you for your participation.
Jack Masterson,
3rd grader at BIS
received a Gold medal
inSpecial Olympics
Soccer Skills,
held at Slippery Rock
 on Sunday.
Jack was supported
by his parents
and teacher DianneSarver
at Sunday's games.
Congratulations Jack! 
Congratulations to Blackhawk High School seniors Victoria Wegman, Madeline Portzline and Ethan Frederick who competed October 4 on Hometown High Q at KDKA's Pittsburgh studios.  They did a terrific job with only nine days to prepare with their teacher and coach Mr. Jeff Tripodi.  Cory Steinle and Noelle Hughes attended as alternates.    The program will be broadcast on a Saturday morning, November 22.
Highland Middle School will be hosting a Sage’s Army Presentation as an after school event for families and community members. 

Sage’s Army, Inc. is a drug awareness and prevention nonprofit organization that is currently over 7,900 members strong and growing. Sage’s Army was founded by Carmen Capozzi on March 15, 2012, ten days after his son, Sage Capozzi, passed away from a heroin overdose. On March 15th, a Facebook page was started and within 24 hours it had over 1,800 members. Currently, Sage’s Army travels throughout the community spreading awareness and educating the public about the dangers of substance abuse. The Sage’s Army mission is:

Our mission is to address issues related to drug and alcohol addiction by providing informational support to children and families by raising awareness one person at a time.

Currently, there is a drug problem of epidemic proportions that plagues this nation, this state, as well our community. WE MUST FIGHT IT!

The after-school program is scheduled for October 28, 2014 at 7:00pm, Highland Middle School. We sincerely hope that you will join us for this very important presentation and support Sage’s Army in its never ending endeavors to fight this drug epidemic.  Transportation is not provided.
Great news for Blackhawk and Highland Middle School! Highland is being considered for recognition as a part of this year’s Design Pittsburgh 2014 events.  Additionally, an on-line vote is being conducted for a People’s Choice Award.  Please click here to vote for Highland.
On Tuesday, October 7th the men’s JV & Varsity soccer teams will be hosted an event  to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer.  The event was called “Goals for a Cure”.  Please click on the here to read more about this event.
The Blackhawk Aquatics program has something for everyone this school year.  There is the community open swim , water aerobics, learn-to-swim lessons, the swim club for our young competitive swimmers and new this year – Dryland on Deck, a strengthening program for swimmers.
Please click  flyers for additional details.  If you have further questions you can contact Aquatic Director and Head Coach of Blackhawk Swimming and Diving at or 724-312-2338.​   Fall Learn to Swim    Fall Aquatic Program     Fall Water Aerobic
Attention Seniors:
Your graduation project is due on Friday October 3rd.  The first graduation project mentoring session will be September 12th.  This will be the only meeting prior to the due date for the project, so please be sure to bring all materials that you need to review with your mentor on September 12th.
Graduation Project Help Sessions will be held after school on the following dates in the library. 
September 8, September 15, September 22, & September 29.  All sessions will begin at 2:30 and end at 3:30. 
Board Meetings
The remainder of the Board of School Directors meetings will be held at Highland Middle School in the LGI room at 7:30 PM

The Board of School Directors of the Blackhawk School District will conduct its regular monthly business meetings at 7:30 p.m. as follows:

August 28
September 18
October 16
November 13

December 2 (Reorganization Meeting)
State of the District Address
Please click here to read the State of the District Address by Dr. Melanie Kerber
Student Accident Insurance
Please click here for Student Insurance brochure
Town Hall Meeting Video
On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, Dr. Kerber held a Town Hall Meeting at Highland Middle School titled "State of the District".  Please click here to see the video, recorded by Cy Fox, Junior at BHS.
If you would like to view the powerpoint presentation slides, please click
Free and Reduced Price Family Application
Please click here to download the 2014-2015 Free and Reduced Price School Meals/Special Milk Program Family Application.  If you have any questions, please contact Sue Lucaks at ext 1016.
Bus Schedule 2014-2015
Click here for the 2014-2015 bus schedule
Right-to-Know Law Information, Procedures & Forms
The Blackhawk Board of School Directors recognizes the importance of public records as the record of the district's actions and the repository of information about this district.  Public records of BSD are available for access and duplication in accordance with law and BSD board policy.

Procedures for Submitting a Request

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