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World Renowned Pianist, Dr. Chien, to Perform in Franklin

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Because of the generosity of a local anonymous donor, the students and parents of our school district have an opportunity to attend a remarkable performance by pianist Dr. Alec Chien. Dr. Chien, who now resides in Meadville, has performed throughout the world. He will be performing on March 29 at 7:30 PM at the Barrow Civic Theater in Franklin, PA. The following is taken from the Wikipedia page about Dr. Chien:

Alec Chien is an award-winning pianist from Hong Kong.

Born in Hong Kong, Chien earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at The Juilliard School where he studied under Adele Marcus. He was prized at the II Sydney and the VIII 1982 Santander’s Paloma O’Shea (4th prize). He won Gold Medal at the 1986 Gina Bachauer Competition, which led to an intercontinental concert career.[1] Two years later he was selected by Steinway & Sons as one of 25 artists to perform at Carnegie Hall in the celebrations of the firm’s 135th anniversary as well as its 500,000th piano. Dr. Chien has performed in solo recitals, chamber music and concertos on four continents, in countries such as Australia, Austria, China, Greece, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Poland, Spain and Taiwan. Among the major orchestras with which he has been concerto soloist are the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Utah Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, American Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic. In chamber music, he has collaborated with the Alexander String Quartet, the Cavani String Quartet, the Ariel Woodwinds Quintet, members of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.

Alec Chien previously served as an Artist-in-Residence, Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Allegheny College. He has taught humanities and music courses while providing instruction to piano students. He performs periodic concerts at the college, including performances with the Erie (PA) Philharmonic Orchestra. Now retired, Alec frequently teaches at Carnegie Mellon University and serves as the Chair of a local non-profit organization, the Meadville Neighborhood Center.

Alec Chien currently resides in Meadville, Pennsylvania with his wife, Brenda, and his three daughters, Brianna, Mikayla and Bethany

If you are interested in obtaining tickets at no cost to you, please contact Mr. Brian Rosen at:


West Forest Elementary – Citizenship

Citizenship – written by Christian Kluck

Citizenship means following rules, charity, patriotism, and caring for the environment. We can show citizenship by sharing to make your school and community a better place to be. Obey laws and rules (school, home, and community). Do things the right way the first time you are asked. Be quiet and orderly during transition times. When walking in line, stay to the right, keep your arms at your sides, and move quietly. Never cut or save spots in line. Follow other teachers’ rules when they are in charge. Respect all authority. Help people who are less fortunate than you in any way you can. Stand up for what you believe. Show respect for American symbols and during the Pledge of Allegiance. Thank a veteran!! Be responsible for your trash and recycle when possible. Helping can make a community better.

The following students at West Forest Elementary were recognized for being good Citizens:

(Not Pictured: Alison Schweitzer & Jonah Beichner)

Photo 1

Back Row: Madalin Hanlon, Ezra Miles, Abbigale Bell, & Nevaeh Peace

Middle Row: Alison McLaughlin, Jesse Peterson, Connor Greenlee, Colton Whitton, & Alanah Wagner

Front Row: Ryelee O’Connor, Tara Brown, Clover Morrison, Robert Payne, & Christopher Hoovler

Photo 2

Back Row: Madalin Hanlon, Ezra Miles, Abbigale Bell, Nevaeh Peace, Alison McLaughlin, Jesse Peterson, Connor Greenlee, Colton Whitton, Alanah Wagner, & Zachary Wild

Middle Row: Easton Bromley, Genesee Phillips, Nicholas Conti, Ryelee O’Connor, Tara Brown, Clover Morrison, Ezra Busch, & Hazel Hillyer

Front Row: Jayden Scherer, Abigail Powell, Jason Bell, Kierra Vaughn, Dylan Morrison, Ryan McCracken, Bobby Payne, Christopher Hoovler, & Colter Bayle

Photo 3:

Back Row: Brooke Felleti, Mackenzie Mellon, Gabriel Chambers, & Zachary Carll

Third Row: Natalie Wagner, Illanna Ross, Devious Hipple, Brayden Dunkel, Tara Brown, Robert Payne, & Abbigale Bell

Second Row: Samuel Bayle, Ethan Beach, JulieAnn Divido, Aaliyah Donato, & Samantha Payne

Front Row: Lillian Bawden, Abbigail Summerville, Garrett O’Connor, Cole Dunkel, Kourtney Myers, & Grace Potts


The West Forest Elementary Bingo fundraiser is cancelled for tonight (2/8/19) due to widespread illness in the West Forest Elementary school. It will be rescheduled at a later date.

Forest Students Compete at Academic Bowl

Forest Area Students Tessa Korchak, Christopher Pedersen, Dominic Grubbs, and Travis Swartz recently participated in the Academic Bowl held at the Clarion Riverview Intermediate Unit. The students competed against other local schools and answered questions regarding Literature, math, science, geography, religions of the world, sports, mythology, and current events.