New Castle News


September 26, 2013

Photos, Story: Scottie Way offers road to rewards

NEW CASTLE — Things were done the old Scottie Way on the new Scottie Way yesterday afternoon.

The previously unnamed road leading to the front of Union High School has been given that moniker, linking the nickname of Union sports teams with a new reinforcement support program that will take place at all grade levels in the school district.

The address of the school will remain 2106 Camden Ave.

Students from pre-kindergarten through senior high applauded, the high school band played and cheerleaders entertained during the all-district assembly in the high school gymnasium.

Township Supervisor Robert Eckert was there to unveil the street sign. He said “Scottie Way” is now an official road in Union Township and will be displayed as such on future maps.

“We’ve been planning this for about a year,” said Michael Ross, principal. “We researched it with the township and petitioned to make ‘Scottie Way’ the legal name of the road.”

The naming of the road coincides with a district-wide program that bears the same name.

Cindey Eckert, a second-grade teacher, helped to plan the assembly that explained how the program will reward students for their conduct and actions.

“Today, we want to get the kids informed and involved in doing things the Scottie Way,” Eckert said. Signs have been posted throughout each school in the Union district, reminding  students about the program.

Eckert said all school employees, including teachers, administrators, maintenance workers, bus drivers, nurses and aides will be armed with special tickets to award whenever they observe a deserving deed.

Eckert said people throughout the community also have been given tickets to give out when they observe “Scottie Way” behavior by students away from school grounds.

“We want to reward that,” Eckert said.

Students who are given tickets, sign them along with the presenting teacher or community member. Cards will be placed into a box at school for weekly drawings in which the winners will receive prizes donated by area businesses.

Ross said there would be two winners each week at every grade level. Drawings will be made on Thursdays, and the names of the Scottie Way students will appear on the school website and on bulletin boards in the schools.

There also will be yard signs given to families of winning students proclaiming, “My Child Knows The Scottie Way.”

“It’s an opportunity to challenge students and reward those who exhibit good behavior,” Ross said.

Ross said the motto for the program is “Grrr” — the growl of a Scottie, which stands for “Be Great, Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Ready.”

Senior Hannah Booth believes her class will lead the way in embracing the program.

“People don’t always do what they should all the time and this will encourage them,” she said. “And it’s nice to be rewarded.”

Eighth-grader Jayson Pasquarello was also on board. “I think it will make school better.”

He believes his classmates feel the same way ... the Scottie Way.



Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • money.jpg Up through the ground comes education cash

    Democrats running for governor seem to be competing to convince voters they will dip deepest into the pockets of gas drillers to replace $1 billion that Gov. Tom Corbett has cut from education spending.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • school.jpg Charter school petitions court with signatures

    The New Castle Arts Academy Charter School has petitioned the Lawrence County Court of Common Pleas for an appeal.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Schools wait years to receive state’s share of construction bills

    More than 200 school building projects are awaiting money from the state — in some cases months and years after they cleared all other hurdles of Pennsylvania’s approval process.

    April 4, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vo-tech staffers receive Pride and Promise awards

    The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s joint operating committee has presented Pride and Promise awards to two employees.

    April 1, 2014

  • Rich.jpg Official sorting out vo-tech finances

    Second of two parts: The Lawrence County Career and Technical Center is plowing through a financial quagmire with help from the Laurel School District.

    March 27, 2014 1 Photo 3 Stories

  • Rich.jpg Overtime pay the crux of vo-tech forensic audit

    First of two parts: Lawrence County Career and Technical Center’s former assistant business manager allegedly logged overtime while on vacation, an audit report shows.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo 2 Stories

  • Audit report details alleged discrepancies

    Forensic auditors examining Lawrence County’s vocational-technical school funds focused on overtime pay of the assistant business manager.

    March 26, 2014 1 Story

  • Audit shows more than overtime issues

    A forensic audit of the Lawrence County Career and Technical Center finances turned up more than alleged unauthorized overtime pay.

    March 26, 2014

  • Letter.jpg Our Opinion: Recording executive sessions will limit abuse

    Whenever governing bodies have public meetings, they often opt to conduct executive sessions.This is perfectly legal under Pennsylvania law — so long as the basic purpose for the executive session is explained to the public and so long as officials refrain from discussing matters in private that are required to be addressed in the open.

    March 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • State sponsoring dog license poster contest

    The state Department of Agriculture is inviting  students to enter a poster contest about the importance of dog licensing. The contest is open to all Pennsylvania students of grades 1 through 6, enrolled in public, private or home schooled children. The entry deadline is April 30.

    March 20, 2014

House Ads

Beginning tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins will take on the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the NHL playoffs. So, who ya got? And in how many games?

Penguins, in five games or fewer. Too much firepower for the Blue Jackets, especially if Evgeni Malkin is ready to go.
Penguins, in six or seven games. It’s a pretty even matchup on defense, but Pittsburgh will grind it out.
Blue Jackets, in five games or fewer. Sergei Bobrovsky in goal for the Blue Jackets spells trouble for the Pens.
Blue Jackets, in six or seven games. Bobrovsky gives Columbus the edge, but it won’t be easy.
     View Results