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Community Drug Forum: Progress Through Education


With the opioid epidemic reaching unprecedented numbers in the state of Pennsylvania and close to home, Beaver County Behavioral Health Drug and Alcohol Program and Keystone Wellness Programs are organizing a Community Drug Forum: Progress Through Education to address this crisis. The forum will take place at CCBC Monaca Campus on April 6th, 2017 from 6-9 PM in the Learning Resource Center, lower level.


Please join our panel of experts District Attorney, David Lozier; Deputy Coroner and Medic Rescue Director of Operations, William Pasquale; Beaver County Beahvioral Health SCA Administrator, Kate Lowery; and BCBH Case Management Supervisor, Tracy Irwin as they guide attendees through:
  • identifying drug paraphernalia

  • recognizing the signs of an overdose

  • demonstrating the proper use of Naloxone

  • connecting to community drug and alcohol resources

    This is a free program, open to all residents of Beaver County, however, space is limited.

    If you would like to attend, please register online here!

    Beaver County lost nearly 100 residents last year to drug overdose deaths. Our goal with the Community Drug Forum: Progress Through Education is to empower the community to combat this crisis and reduce the number of young lives lost to drugs.

    If you have any questions, please call Keystone Wellness Programs at 724-432-3474 or email KAndrews@KeystoneWellnessPrograms.org.

    We hope to see you on April 6th!

Elementary School News

On February 1, 2017 4th grade students at Independence Elementary will be taking part in the NAEP (National Assessment of Educational Progress) test. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. Our 4th graders will be tested in Math and Reading. Please contact the school for any questions regarding testing.




Mathematics and reading assessments

December 13, 2016


Dear Parent or Guardian:

Independence Elementary will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on February 1, 2017. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.

The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).


The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

·         Your child’s grades will not be affected.

·         Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

·         While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by January 5, 2017.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/parents/2012469.pdf. Contact Mrs. Kane at 724-375-6691 Ext. 6000 or at kanek@hopewellarea.org if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Independence Elementary's students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.



Korri M. Kane


Artist in Residence Concert - March 31, 2017
During the last week of March, our students will be learning from, and playing alongside, Mike Williams, the lead trumpet player from the Count Basie Orchestra.  This will be an amazing opportunity for our student musicians.  Read the full article for information about the concert on March 31st. 
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration will take place March 27-30 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM at all district elementary school buildings.  Please read the full article for complete details including specific dates and times for each building as well as pre-requisites. 
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