Happy Thanksgiving

The Mt. Lebanon School District wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! We are deeply thankful and grateful for our students, families, administrators, faculty, staff, school board and supportive community. We hope you have a relaxing break and safe travels.


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2017 MUN Penn State

The Model UN team won 1st place at the 5th annual Pennsylvania High School Model UN Championship held at Penn State University on November 3-5. This marks the 5th consecutive year that Mt. Lebanon Model UN has won the 1st Place team award at Penn State for top high school.

Ten of our students won individual awards (1st, 2nd, 3rd) in their committees. The students who won top honors were Seniors Max King, Marley Howell, Conner Alexander, Anne Jin, Grace Brown and Elizabeth DePastino. In addition, Junior Rebecca Schwartz and Sophomores Daniel McNulty, Zoe Thorpe and Antonio Carapella also were award winners in their committees.

Over 20 high schools from across the state competed at the Penn State Model UN tournament. This was the first tournament of the year for our students. Upcoming tournaments this year include the Model European Union, Duquesne, Delaware, Carnegie-Mellon and Ohio State. Coaches Adam Lumish, Pete DiNardo and George Savarese are enormously proud of their students.

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The 2017 Student Outcomes Report was presented at the November 13 School Board meeting by Dr. Ron Davis and Dr. Marybeth Irvin. The data presents a positive outcome of the academic performance of the District. Our students continue to meet or exceed the high expectations of our educational system and community. Student Academic Outcomes Report data has remained consistently strong over the past years; families, educators, and community members should take great pride in the performance of the Mt. Lebanon School District. The mission of the Mt. Lebanon School District To provide the best education possible for each and every student continues to be the focus of our educators and informs decision-making.

The 2017 Student Academic Outcomes Report is a collection of aggregate data from the 2016-2017 school year. This report represents summative achievement data that the District collects throughout the year via capstone assessments such as the SAT, ACT, Advanced Placement (AP), Keystone, and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) exams. It is important to note that data reflecting any single year is not indicative of a trend. It should be expected that there will be slight fluctuations in the data from year to year. Only through an analysis of a collection of results over time can valid conclusions be drawn regarding changes in student performance.

2017 Student Outcomes Report

2017 Student Outcomes Presentation

Nov. 13 School Board Meeting Presentation (video)


Highlights of 2016-2017 Assessment Data:

Graduation Information (High School)

● The cohort graduation rate for the class of 2017 is 97.9%.

● 93.5% of the graduating class indicated that they would be attending a two or four year college program.

● The percentage of students attending the top two categories of Most Competitive and Highly Competitive colleges equals 30.7%.


Advanced Placement (AP) (High School)

● Mt. Lebanon students earning scores of 3, 4 or 5 outpaced contemporaries throughout Pennsylvania and the nation; 90% of Mt. Lebanon examinees scored 3, 4 or 5 compared to 67% in Pennsylvania and 60.3% in the nation. (Note: This statistic includes students who take an advanced placement course exam with the course not being taught at Mt. Lebanon High School.)

● All Advanced Placement mean scores remain above 3.0.

● Mt. Lebanon mean scores (n=659) are at or above the national average on 19 of the 19 tests.

● The following subtests had scores at least one point higher than the national average: Art, Biology, English Language/Composition, English Literature/Composition, Environmental Science, European History, U.S. Government and Politics.

● Several tests had mean scores of 4.0 and above. These include: Art, Biology, Calculus BC, English Language/Composition, English Literature/ Composition, Environmental Science, Physics E&M, and Spanish.

● Nearly 7 out of every 10 students taking advanced placement courses at Mt. Lebanon (67%) scored at a 4 or 5.

● For the graduating class of 2017, 46.4 % of the 12th graders scored a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam during their high school career.


ACT (High School)

● The number of students taking the ACT was 74%, an increase of 10% from the previous year.

● Scores remain significantly higher than state and national means. The average composite score was 25.9 compared to the national average of 21.0 and the Pennsylvania state average of 23.7.


SAT (High School)

● Scores remain significantly higher than state and national means.

● The combined Mathematics & EWR score of 1198 is 128 points higher than the national mean and 125 points higher than the Pennsylvania mean.

● 85.3% of the class participated in this assessment.

● The SAT Subject Test scores illustrate that, on 6 out of 7 tests, Mt. Lebanon students scored above state and national averages.


PSAT/NMSQT - National Merit (High School)

● The graduating class of 2018 (2017 Juniors) had 25 students qualify as Commended or Semi-Finalist National Merit students; 11 of the 25 were SemiFinalists.


Keystone Exams (Grades 8 – 11)

● The overall proficiency rate for the 11th grade cohort in 2016-2107 (Class of 2018) in Algebra 1 was 93.3%, the highest in 5 years.

● The overall proficiency rate for the 11th grade cohort in 2016-2017 (Class of 2018) in Biology was 90.5 the highest in 5 years.

● The overall proficiency rate for the 11th grade cohort in 2016-2017 (Class of 2018) in English Literature was 96.2%, the 2nd highest in 5 years.


PSSA (Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8)

● Our District has exceeded State performance averages on 100% of the curricular standards' report categories and assessment anchors.

● District composite scores far exceed State averages - ELA by 30.4% points, Math by 32.5% points, and Science by 29.4% points.

● Scores on all measures and at all grade levels far exceed state averages.


PVAAS (Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System)

● This is a statistical model using a formula to describe student academic growth from the previous year's performance.

● There is significant evidence showing that the School District exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth in grades 4-8 Composite Math.

● There is significant evidence showing that the School District exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth in grades 4-8 Composite ELA.

● There is significant evidence showing that the School District exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth in grades 4 and 8 Science.

● There is significant evidence showing that the School District exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth in Keystone assessments: Algebra and Biology; and moderate evidence showing the School District exceeded the standard for PA Academic Growth in English Literature.


SPP (School Performance Profile)

● SPP is a collection of data that provides a broader perspective of student achievement in each building.

● Unpacking the data within the SPP illustrates that each school's high level of academic performance, in relation to our comparator schools and the State, is consistent with community expectations of a high quality education. High School's SPP score is 97.7. Middle Schools range from 72.9 to 94.4. Elementary Schools range from 81.6 to 99.3.

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Natasha DirdaAt the November 13 School Board meeting, the Mt. Lebanon School Board unanimously approved the appointment of Ms. Natasha Dirda as the new principal of Markham Elementary School. Ms. Dirda is currently a unit principal at Mt. Lebanon High School where she has served since 2015.

"Ms. Dirda has been a valuable member of our administrative team serving as a High School Unit Principal," said Superintendent Timothy Steinhauer. "I know she will serve the Markham community well, and will continue the legacy of excellence in education that Markham Elementary School is known for." The starting date for Ms. Dirda is still to be determined.

Ms. Dirda has a bachelor's degree from Virginia Tech, a master's degree from Robert Morris University, a K-12 principal's certification from California University and is currently enrolled in the doctoral of education program at the University of Pittsburgh.


We wish to congratulate Ms. Dirda on her new position as Markham principal.

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Dance Company January 2017


Dance Company Daytimes January 2017



We're All In This Together

"We're all in this together" is the theme of the 2016-17 opening day video for staff.



Happy Holidays 2016

Happy Holidays from the Mt. Lebanon School District


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Honoring Coach Dick Black

Please join us as we honor Coach Dick Black's basketball career with the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils on Saturday, November 25. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a tour of the new Hall of Champions in the Athletic Wing followed by the Plaque Dedication at 11 a.m in the South Gym. Please visit https://coachblackdedication.eventbrite.com to RSVP for the event or email Sloane Astorino, Director of Advancement, at sastorino@mtlsd.net or call 412-325-8201.

If you would like to make a gift in honor of Coach Black, please visitwww.mtlsd.org/campaign or you can send a check designated to the Coach Black Initiative to Sloane Astorino, Mt. Lebanon High School, 7 Horsman Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15228. Please make your check payable to Mt. Lebanon School District. If you have questions regarding your gift, please contact the Advancement Office.

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ASBO Award

The Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO) awarded the Mt. Lebanon School District with the Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) during the 2017–2018 budget year. The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and is conferred only to school districts whose budgets have undergone a rigorous review by financial professionals and have met or exceeded the program's stringent criteria. This is the 23rd year the District was selected for this award.

Developed by the Association of School Business Officials, the selection criteria for the Meritorious Budget Award were developed to help guide the clear and transparent development and distribution of relevant budgetary information for district and public consumption. The MBA promotes and recognizes excellence in school budget presentation and enhances school business officials' skills in developing, analyzing, and presenting a school system budget. After a rigorous review by professional auditors, the award is conferred only on school districts that have met or exceeded the program's stringent criteria.

Congratulations to Mt. Lebanon District Business Director Jan Klein and her staff for meeting the rigorous criteria for this award.

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Veterans Day

Each year the students and staff in our schools observe Veterans Day. The Mt. Lebanon School District joins the nation to recognize and honor all those Americans who have served or continue to serve our country in military service.

Today, there are more than 25 million veterans living among us. This day reminds us that we need to pause and recognize the contributions made by our veterans and those currently serving, and thank them for their devotion to our country. We must not allow the passage of time or the comforts of peace to erase the memory of their service and sacrifices.

As we observe Veterans Day, please take some time to learn more about the accomplishments of our nation's veterans, their dedication and courage, and their willingness to risk their lives to preserve our liberty. On this day and every day please do not forget the members of your family, neighbors or members of the community who have served our country. Please keep our present service personnel and their families in your thoughts at this time as they serve throughout the world.

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