High School Seniors in Pittsburgh, here is a $1,000 scholarship application to consider

The fine people at the Pittsburgh Association of School Retirees have a Scholarship for $1,000. Might as well apply.

    Criteria

  • Be a student in good standing with a minimum GPA 3.0.
  • Serve as an example to fellow students as a participant in community, charity and school activities.
  • Complete the application form, and include in the packet all of the required information.
    Application Instructions

  • Each applicant must include an official transcript,
  • two letters of recommendation:
    1. one from a school staff professional (principal, counselor, teacher, etc.) and,
    2. one from a non-school/non-family member (religious leader, employer, youth group leader, etc.)
  • a personal essay
  • application and permission slip must be signed by the student
  • submit the application to the Office of Student Services at the Pittsburgh Board of Education by Friday, May 5, 2017.

If additional information is needed, please contact Donna Vlassich, PghASR Scholarship Chairperson at dvlassich -at- gmail.

PASR 2017 Scholarship Cover Letter
PASR 2017 Application

Link to the application in a PDF.

Link to the permission slip in a PDF.

PASR Scholarship Permission Slip

Talking aquatic upgrade

Great video.

Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids from J Saunders on Vimeo.

This is the time to plan for spring swim lessons. In summer, it is sorta too late. Let’s get our kids strong, and strong in the water.

In Pittsburgh, we’re blessed as we have the pools. Next, we need to keep up demand and get time in our week to use them.

See you Saturday.

Deb Sagan asks: Staying warm? How about a warm pool?

Replace running Saturday morning in 12-degree temperatures on January 7, 2016, by going to to Oliver High School pool (Brighton Rd.upper Northside) for a stroke clinic and swim work out from 9:00-11:30.  Or come to swim!

Sponsored by Mark Rauterkus, man of many swim events!  Mark sponsors many water polo teams and swimming events in the Pittsburgh area. A donation to his efforts would be nice, but otherwise my time is complimentary for YOU!

I will complete a Coaches’ Eye individual video analysis of your swimming stroke, and I will provide tips to increase your balance, streamline and body position.  There will also be time for a New Year’s swim workout!! If you spread the word, just have them email me. Waiver’s will be on site.

Please RSVP, reply to me, or text me, if you are interested so that Mark and I know who to expect. If you have a time in mind, we will be going on about 15 min, increments starting at 9:15, 9:30,9:45,10:00,10:15 so indicate a time in your RSVP. Group Swim will start about 10:45. This schedule is flexible, subject to change depending on everything! I will confirm with you,  contact me before Saturday.

See you Saturday?

Warm regards,
Deb Sagan, M.Ed. Level 2 TI Coach

Oliver High School: 9:00-11:30 am, Brighton Avenue above the Northside. Tip: Park in the lot near the loading dock. The pool is close to the gym and then down the stairs.

Show Off Swims throughout the fall semester with MACS

Notice the improvement in swimming abilities.

Practices began in the fall and video shows various ability levels. In the first days, a few of the swimmers could swim in deep water. By the end of the semester, every student could swim a length of the pool.

These highlights focused upon freestyle swimming and ignored the water polo and SKWIM game play. The intra-squad game play was a valued element of the educational experience. Sadly, opportunities for competition with other school-based teams and water polo clubs did not materialize as planned. More than five “game days” were cancelled. Some swimmers did go to North Allegheny for a clinic and game play on a Sunday afternoon.

Background music was recorded from some parade sounds this fall while on a trip to New Orleans.

Water polo launch pad and deep-water swimming happens a couple weeks later

“Well begun is half done.” — Marry Poppins

Nearly 60 students jump into the pool on the first day of Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Summer Dreamers at Swim & Water Polo. The students get to perform in an routine that we call a “Show Off Swim.”

Lots are afraid on the first days as many of the students do not get to the swim pool that often. Our class is filled with beginners. The transformation into aquatic athletes starts with a parade shown in the video below. Do your best to swim across the pool, climb out, walk back to the start and try again. If you can’t swim, fake it, or else walk, run and hope.

Show us the best you’ve got. Get across the pool. Swim freestyle. Stay off the bottom. Close your lips. Float. Kick. Use your arms. Pull. Keep going. Try. All the way. Head down. Hold your breath. Go. You can do it too.

Summer Dreamers offers 27 days of “summer school.” The students get to swim every day, if things go as we hope. A few weeks later, all the kids are swimming across the deep end. They learn a life-skill. We have fun.

The progress and achievements that these kids earn for themselves in this program is hard to describe to the typical, non-swimming, school district bureaucrat.

In Later Weeks: Game on!

Swimming on the weekends and a skill for life

Swimming is a good thing