Snapchat bomb hoaxes prompt early dismissal for 2,000 Woodland Hills, Gateway high school students
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Snapchat bomb hoaxes prompt early dismissal for 2,000 Woodland Hills, Gateway high school students
Bomb threats delivered through social media " both of them false alarms " prompted educators Wednesday to evacuate more than 2,000 students from Woodland Hills and Gateway high schools. The schools received the anonymous threats on Snapchat. Just before noon, Woodland Hills Superintendent Daniel Castagna dismissed the Churchill-based regional high
Annual Woodland Hills Student Summit
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Annual Woodland Hills Student Summit
Have you ever stopped to think what tactics are schools using to enhance students' learning experience? How do we tie in gadgets, trending topics, and knowledge that is important and useful to us all? How do teachers ignite genuine interest within students that live a lifestyle where they are used to Google, scrolling on social media, and Siri. Information always at their fingertips. Woodland Hills launched their student summit five years ago, where the students have the moment to advocate and activate learning experiences they'd like to see implemented. This year students wanted to have a discussion with Leon Ford about his story and newly released book. They wanted to hear from college representatives and successful business owners. To empower our students, however, we have a wide range of educators, mentors and community experts offering guidance. They help our students channel their energy and focus their thoughts to make each discussion as powerful and impactful as possible. Special thanks to teachers/staff, educators, mentors and community members who spent time with our student leaders during the recent preparation session for the fifth annual Student Summit in March. What makes the Woodland Hills Student Summit special is that is student driven. Topics are handpicked by students. Discussion groups are led by students. Photo credit to Woodland Hills website.
The Woodland Hills VEX Robotics Competition Update
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The Woodland Hills VEX Robotics Competition Update
We had the opportunity to shine a light on the Woodland Hills Robotics team in a previous article, and we are pleased to provide this amazing update. The very first Woodland Hills VEX Robotics competition is in the books, and it was a fantastic day of teamwork, fun, and spirited competition! The Dickson Preparatory STEAM Academy VEX IQ Robotics club joined students from Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship, Manchester Academic Charter School, Redeemer Lutheran School, and the Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf for the competition. Students competed in two separate challenges. One required each team to work together with another team selected at random to complete as many challenges on the VEX IQ surface in 60 seconds. Each team had nine opportunities to score points, and they were paired with a different team on each run. Their average score was used to seed the final round, which meant one last chance to score as many points as possible. Students also competed in a skills competition, where each team had multiple chances to accumulate as many points as possible by either driving or coding their robots to move through the course. Resident, Merryanne Hayward said, "The children worked extremely hard to get to where they are today. Learning new tasks and skills. Advancing themselves in education. This extracurricular activity approach is making learning fun." Two Woodland Hills teams and one team from Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship qualified for the state competition at Clarion on March 5! Congratulations to the Woodland Hills team of Kamran Carreiro, Rayhan Carreiro, Jonas Divelbiss and Ascher Holleran as well as the team of Bella Colagouri, Merryn Fritzberg and Eli Pittier for qualifying for states! "It took a team of district teachers, administrators and staff, combined with additional volunteers and the VEX support team, for this event to happen. Thank you to all of the community members and family members who came out to support the students. We can't wait to do it again," Tina Dietrich said. We are looking forward to learning more about these students as they continue to compete. Photo was found via Woodkand Hills School District website.
Franklin Regional keeps rolling, beats Gateway in quarters | Trib HSSN
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Cam Rowell caught the basketball on the wing, squared up and fired.
Pittsburgh-Filmed UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold Launches National Distribution; Tickets on Sale for Screenings at The Lindsay April 11-18
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Pittsburgh-Filmed UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold Launches National Distribution; Tickets on Sale for Screenings at The Lindsay April 11-18
UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold, the Pittsburgh-made, never-before-told story of the investigation into the Titanic sinking, begins national distribution in April"coinciding with the 112th anniversary of the tragedy"and will open locally Thursday, April 11, exclusively at The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center in Sewickley. A true-life account of political interference, greed, conspiracy and a desperate search for the truth, UNSINKABLE: Titanic Untold follows Sen. William Alden Smith and investigative journalist Alaine Ricard as they delve into the tragedy of Titanic and pursued accountability, woven with heart-wrenching flashbacks of the historic maritime disaster. Shot entirely in Pittsburgh, the exhilarating true-life account stars Cotter Smith (Mindhunter, X-2), Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark), Fiona Dourif (The Blacklist), Jayne Wisener (Jane Eyre), and many Pittsburgh-based actors. The film is based on Titanic to All Ships, a play written by Beaver County author Eileen Enwright Hodgetts. Locations appearing in the film include the wave pool at Settler's Cabin county park, the Grand Concourse restaurant and the Omni William Penn Hotel. The April 11 screening will also include a Q&A with director Cody Hartman, producer Brian Hartman (Cody's father), star Smith, and possible additional guests from the film's production team. Tickets are on sale for the premiere and all shows in the film's April 11-18 run. "We are very much looking forward to the theatrical release of a film that was completely shot and produced in our region. UNSINKABLE supported the local economy and boosted the region's position in the cultural landscape," said Carolina Thor, CEO of The Lindsay. "We encourage a strong show of appreciation, not just at The Lindsay, but everywhere this film is screening. The Lindsay strives to strengthen the film industry through our work with local and emerging filmmakers. Very few screenings are more exciting than the ones where filmmakers, crew, family and friends are present." Director Hartman told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that The Lindsay was an ideal venue for the film, calling it "a first-class theater that has shown unwavering support for independent film and the community in general." In addition to The Lindsay, UNSINKABLE will also screen in Belfast, London and Southampton, UK; New York City and Knoxville, Tenn., home of the Titanic Museum Attraction, before going into wider national release.
Woodland Hills Interaction Series with Author, Jennifer Egan
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Woodland Hills Interaction Series with Author, Jennifer Egan
Students from Pittsburgh Public Schools' Obama Academy joined with Woodland Hills students to listen to Ms. Egan talk about her writing process, how she generates ideas, and even her fascination with technology. Students had the opportunity to ask Ms. Egan questions throughout the session, and she graciously signed books and spoke to students one-on-one after the formal event concluded. Jennifer Egan is the author of six books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Visit from the Goon Squad. As engaging as one of her characters, Egan captivates crowds with tales of her early days as a struggling writer, her approach to storytelling, and her ultimate success as one of today's most innovative authors. Egan majored in English literature at the University of Pennsylvania. She recently made a great return to the city of Champions (her former college stomping grounds) to meet with students at Woodland Hills High School to talk about her newest book and successful career as an author. Hundreds of students gathered for an intellectual conversation with an award winning author. The students had the opportunity to engage in open discussion and Q&A. The students gathered for an opportunity to learn more from the amazing Jennifer Egan.
Kung Fu Panda 4: A Sensory Friendly Screening at The Lindsay Theater on March 9
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Kung Fu Panda 4: A Sensory Friendly Screening at The Lindsay Theater on March 9
A sensory friendly screening of Kung Fu Panda 4 will show at The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. All tickets will be discounted to $8.75 for the latest installment of this beloved animated series about the bear whose love of kung fu is matched only by his love for food. The 1 hour, 34 minute film features the voices of Jack Black and Awkwafina. Sensory friendly screenings are geared to families and individuals who are impacted by autism or other special needs, and enables the entire family to participate in the cinematic experience. No trailers are shown to reduce "sit time," dim house lights remain on throughout the screening and volume is lowered. Doors exiting the screening room remain open, allowing guests to easily walk into the lobby if they wish. The Lindsay, which pioneered sensory friendly screenings northwest of Pittsburgh in 2017, schedules these showings to be the only events in the Theater and provides adequate staffing to create an enjoyable, low stress atmosphere for all attending. Tickets are available online and at the door. These screenings at The Lindsay, a nonprofit organization at 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, PA, are intended to offer inclusive options to people living in suburban and rural areas, and have attracted guests from across the tri-state. Parking in a metered municipal lot adjacent to the Theater is the easiest drop-off point for those with mobility challenges. Parking on the streets surrounding the Theater have ramp access to the cinema.
Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week for Feb. 19, 2024 | Trib HSSN
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Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week: Woodland Hills Wolverines
2nd-seeded Franklin Regional boys end playoff win drought with victory over Mars , Trib HSSN
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Senior Colin Masten signed a couple of autographs for some wide-eyed kids.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 19, 2024: Opening round of basketball playoffs continues | Trib HSSN
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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 19, 2024: Opening round of basketball playoffs continues | Trib HSSN
It’s Day 3 of the opening round of the WPIAL basketball playoffs with boys Class 5A and 3A, along with girls Class A first-round contests taking center stage.
Get your resume out there at Pittsburgh's Virtual Job Fair
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Get your resume out there at Pittsburgh's Virtual Job Fair
If you're looking for a job and want to stay in the Burgh, then this job fair may be the step in the right direction of helping you achieve your goal! You can register today for the highly anticipated Pittsburgh Virtual Job Fair and meet with a variety of local businesses seeking to fill multiple positions! This job fair is scheduled for Feb. 22 and will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information and how you can register, click here!
 The Lindsay Theater's Oscar Contest Returns With A Top Prize of a Year’s Free Pass
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The Lindsay Theater's Oscar Contest Returns With A Top Prize of a Year’s Free Pass
For film buff Nick Lumley, 2023 was a great year for cinema. He loved seeing new, thought-provoking films such as Oppenheimer and Killers of the Flower Moon, and even a few unheralded gems. The icing on the cake? As winner of The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center's 2023 Oscar Contest, he watched these films for free. Now The Lindsay's Oscar Contest has returned for 2024, again with the top prize of a free pass to the Theater for an unlimited number of screenings for the remainder of the year. The winner must successfully pick the Best Picture as well as the greatest number of winners among all 23 Oscar categories. The Theater, a nonprofit that has not raised ticket prices since opening in 2017, offers this contest every year. Oscar-nominated films are being screened along with new releases until the Academy Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 10. This gives patrons plenty of opportunity to watch on the big screen, ponder the artistry displayed and carefully mark their ballots. "Our patrons are passionate about film, and that's apparent every year at Oscar Contest time," says Carolina Thor, CEO of the nonprofit cultural center. "So many people predict an amazing number of categories correctly! We look forward to seeing the 2024 winner here at the Theater for many exceptional films through Dec. 31." Looking back on the year, Lumley says he enjoyed seeing more people return to theaters"and appreciated watching original films not connected with a particular franchise. While he loved many of the Best Picture-nominated films"especially The Holdovers and Barbie"his favorite by far was Oppenheimer. Director Christopher Nolan's take on the making of the first atomic bomb "is the best film of the century so far," Lumley says"and unsurprisingly, his pick for Best Picture. He loves everything about it: the directing, the sound, the cinematography, Cillian Murphy's acting in the lead role. Lumley also calls out Emma Stone's performance in Poor Things"and Greta Lee's un-nominated performance in Past Lives, while noting "I've always been a big fan of Paul Giamatti," star of The Holdovers. His under-the-radar film recommendation is A Thousand and One, which screened at The Lindsay in 2023, starring Teyana Taylor as a single mother in a gentrifying New York City neighborhood. Lumley, who lives in Sewickley, shares his contest bragging rights with other recent winners from Patterson Township and Big Beaver, Beaver County. All are welcome to pick up Oscar ballots at the Theater Box Office, 418 Walnut St., Sewickley, during screening hours. Think like the Academy in making your predictions, and remember to include your name, email and phone number on the ballot. Whether due to knowledge or luck, teens to seniors have won the year-long, non-transferable pass. Ballots (one entry per person, please) must be returned to the Theater Box Office by 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.
TV Talk at TCA: W.Pa. natives Billy Gardell, Paige Spara say goodbye to ‘Bob (Hearts) Abishola,’ ‘The Good Doctor’
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TV Talk at TCA: W.Pa. natives Billy Gardell, Paige Spara say goodbye to ‘Bob (Hearts) Abishola,’ ‘The Good Doctor’
PASADENA, Calif. – It's the end of the road for two prime-time broadcast series starring Western Pennsylvania natives. Billy Gardell's CBS sitcom "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" and Paige Spara's ABC drama "The Good Doctor" will call it quits by the end of the strikes-shortened 2023-24 TV season in May. 'Bob (Hearts)
The Lindsay Theater to Screen Silent Film Masterpiece Pandora’s Box, With Live Music, March 3
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The Lindsay Theater to Screen Silent Film Masterpiece Pandora’s Box, With Live Music, March 3
The Lindsay Theater and Cultural Center, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Silent Film Society, will present Pandora's Box, starring legendary actress Louise Brooks and accompanied by live music, on Sunday, March 3, at 3 p.m. Considered a masterwork of the silent film era, the picture by G.W. Pabst will be shown in its 4K restoration for the first time in the Pittsburgh area. Lurid and highly controversial upon its release, the film follows the downward spiral of the fiery yet innocent showgirl Lulu. The film was rediscovered by scholars in the 1950s and began to earn the reputation of an unsung classic. Film critic Roger Ebert reviewed the film in 1998 with great praise, and included the film on his list of The Great Movies. Director Quentin Tarantino also listed it among his 10 greatest films of all time. "Louise Brooks dazzles as the dangerously appealing seductress," says the British Film Institute. Brooks' "rightly acclaimed performance oozes careless vivacity and irresistible charm. But the direction is also brilliantly meticulous, making memorable use of Günther Krampf's fluid camera and expressive lighting." "We are pleased to again partner with the Pittsburgh Silent Film Society to bring a treasured silent film to the Theater," says Carolina Pais-Barreto Thor, CEO of The Lindsay. "Audience response to these films has been enthusiastic; particularly because of the texture added by the live musical accompaniment." Accompanying the film will be Ben Opie, who performs on reeds and electronics, and teaches music technology at both Carnegie Mellon University and Pittsburgh's CAPA High School; and Mark Micchelli, a pianist, composer, technologist and educator pursuing a doctorate in jazz studies, composition and theory at the University of Pittsburgh. "We're thrilled to co-present this brand new restoration of Louise Brooks' best film at one of our favorite independent cinemas, and accompanied by some of Pittsburgh's best jazz musicians," says Chad Hunter, director of the Pittsburgh Silent Film Society, whose work has been praised by Martin Scorsese. "It doesn't get any better." "Pandora's Box is a piece of glowing cinema which has one searching for superlatives," says Stage and Cinema. Louise Brooks' face "defies time and period, and is as relevant today as it was in 1929 when she was lured to Germany by Pabst to play the doomed Lulu. No other actress of her period could have realized this character so subtly or with such insouciance." The 141-minute film has original intertitles in German with English subtitles. All tickets are $15, and no passes can be used. For this and other special events hosted at the Theater, absolutely no ticket refunds are possible. For regular screenings, the Theater is pleased to issue ticket "swaps" or refunds when contacted at least 24 hours in advance of the ticketed showtime. The Theater is located at 418 Walnut St. in Sewickley. https://www.janusfilms.com/films/2153 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/embed/HFNHjkusaYA?si=M6xy_UyIcfnnbP87