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Middle School Happenings

CDS Advisors Win Statewide Student Council Award
By Ilyssa B., Student Council Historian


Middle School Student Council is off to a great start this year. We just recently finished our annual Penny Wars fundraiser. Last year, we raised $625 from our Middle School for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This year we raised $753! During Penny Wars, the Middle School homerooms compete with each other to bring in the most pennies for their jar, and subtract points from other homerooms by putting other coins in their jar. On the last day, the hallways were buzzing with excitement, as each homeroom tried to stuff the jars up until the very last minute. Though the Penny Wars winner was 8A, the real winner is raising awareness and money for breast cancer research.

Not long after Penny Wars started, we began the Thanksgiving Food Drive. All the food collected goes to the JFCS Squirrel Hill Food Pantry. We do this food drive for families who are not fortunate enough to have a full meal on Thanksgiving. The food drive started last week, and it is coming to a close on November 19, so keep those donations coming!

The Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils (PASC) state leadership conference was held in Johnstown last week. Great news came to Student Council when we learned that our incredible advisors, Ronit Pasternak and Jackie Goldblum, had been named Middle School Advisors of the Year in Pennsylvania (from among 1,500 Middle Schools!). Before this, they had also been named Region B Advisors of the Year in 2017 and 2019. Our Student Council President Evelyn A. and representative Noa S. attended the conference in Johnstown and brought back their state award.

Our Middle School Head Mr. Minkus wrote their nomination letter for this honor. He said, "They have led the way with the campaigns/speeches/elections, school-wide Pink Out, Penny Wars for Breast Cancer Research, Thanksgiving Food Drive, Winter Dance, Government Shutdown Food Drive, Spirit Days, Overnight Bag Drive for students in Karmiel, Israel, Spring PASC Student Leadership Conference, Passover Food Drive, Teacher Appreciation Week After Party, Spring Dance and the STUCO Day at PNC Park. This is not even close to being an exhaustive list. Jackie and Ronit inspire our kids to do so many things throughout the year, that it is literally difficult to keep track."

As for the representatives in Student Council, we are so grateful to have these amazing advisors who always care about us and contribute to our work. Congratulations Mrs. Pasternak and Mrs. Goldblum! 

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CDS Advisors Win Statewide Student Council Award

Middle School Student Council advisors Ronit Pasternak and Jackie Goldblum were recently named Middle School Advisors of the Year from among 1,500 middle schools in Pennsylvania by the Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils.

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