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Braves Talk It Up 2019
Braves Talk It Up 2019
Cathy Zawadzki
Friday, August 23, 2019

                                            A MESSAGE FROM MR. WILSON-

Welcome Back Braves –

I am sure that you all have had a tremendous summer and are ready to start a new school year.  There are new changes with the schedule and staff.  Let me start by welcoming all of the new Braves to our school and to bid a fond farewell to those who will not be returning for the 2019-20 school year.

The school year will begin with many familiar faces returning.  However, Mrs. Bielanin, Mrs. Hilinski, Mr. Toy, Mrs. Foriska, Ms. Born, Mr. Goodwill, Ms. Szoszorek, and Mrs. Spencer will not be with us any longer.  The English department will see the addition of Mrs. Chrapowicz in the middle school and Mrs. Dell in 10th grade.  Mrs. Smith is returning to replace Mrs. Bielanin who has retired.  Mr. Zimmerman is moving to the high school to replace the retired Mrs. Hilinski.  Moving from I.E.S. is Mr. Peterman who will be teaching 8th grade science.  The office staff and voice of announcements, Mrs. Spencer retired, but we are confident that Mrs. LaRocca will be a welcomed addition to the office staff. 

The schedule has been updated with the major changes occurring in English.  Besides two new teachers, the middle school will move to block ELA schedules for every student replacing English and Reading classes.  Also, ELA remediation will now be included to help with the PSSAs.  At the high school level, we are bringing back creative writing as an English elective.  We are also running numerous Advanced Placement classes, but are happy to announce two new classes that will provide dual enrollment credits right here in the building.  CHS Stats and Python will be held in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh.  Lastly, back by popular demand, are SAT Prep classes in Math and English. 

There are many other exciting changes in store for the 2019-20 school year, but you will all have to wait and see for yourselves.  Remember to join our Twitter feed to receive current updates weekly at Brave@IroquoisHS.  To the Graduating class of 2019 – good luck in the future. 

Many are strong but few are Braves,

Mr. Wilson


Iroquois Jr./Sr. High School


                                                 A MESSAGE FROM MRS. WILLOW-

Dear Iroquois Parents, Students, and Community,

     I can’t believe another summer has come and gone!  As always, our staff has been hard at work preparing for the new school year.  We are excited for the students to return with energy and enthusiasm to excel both in and out of the classroom. 

As I enter my fourth year at Iroquois, I reflect on all of the accomplishments of our students, the addition of several rigorous classes to our curriculum, and the many accolades earned by our clubs, performing arts, and sports teams.   We have so much to be proud of in this community!  It is a privilege to share in all of these successes!  Let’s continue to be a district where parents, students, and teachers care for each other, work to build positive relationships, and create a supportive atmosphere for learning.

I believe in an open line of communication with families throughout the school year to build a strong partnership for your child’s success.  Please do not hesitate to call or email with questions or concerns.  

I look forward to seeing the familiar faces of the students returning and getting to know our new students joining us in the 2019-2020 school year.  

Once again, welcome back Braves!  Let’s make it a great year at Iroquois! 

Jeannene Willow

Assistant Principal

Iroquois Jr./Sr. High School


Congratulations to our 2018 Spring Sport All Region Athletes:

 Winter All Region:

All District 10

Girls Basketball

Angelina Meola


First Team All-Region:

Angelina Meola


2nd Team All-Region:


120 lbs

Drew Johnson


2nd Team All Region:



Ryan Slupski


Spring All-Region:

Boys Track:

2nd Team All-Region

4 x 400 Meter Relay Team – 3:46.73

Kyle Eddinger, Lucas Bush, Kobe Barnes, AJ Brine


Girls Track:

2nd Team All-Region

4 x 400 Meter Relay Team – 4:30.57

Virginia Slupski, Madelynn Knight, Sarina Anderson, Kaleena Anderson


Girls Track:

2nd Team All Region

Shot Put – 33’3”

Sabryna Ball


2019 Academic Banquet Guest Speaker…distinguished in the medical profession

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 Iroquois High School hosted their top academic students with the 33rd Annual Academic Banquet.  Dr. Timothy Pelkowski was the honored speaker.  Dr. Pelkowski was born and raised in Erie, graduate of 1986, attended college at Case Western Reserve University, where he received his Bachelor of Science in BioMedical Engineering.  Mr. Pelkowski completed a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering at The Ohio State University.  He then received his Doctor of Medicine Degree was from Case Western Reserve University.  This was followed by a Family Medicine residency and Sports Medicine fellowship at Saint Vincent Hospital in Erie.  Following time in private practice, he has become the Associate Program Director of the Saint Vincent Family Medicine Residency program.  He has completed a Fellowship in Faculty Development at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine as well as a Leadership Fellowship through the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine.  He is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine.  In 2012, he became a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Dr. Pelkowski is an active medical staff member at Saint Vincent Hospital.  He served in the past as Chief of the Division of Family Practice and Chief of the Department of Medicine.  He is currently the President-Elect for the Saint Vincent Hospital Medical Staff.  He has been active in organized medicine and Dr. Pelkowski recently served as the 139th President of the Erie County Medical Society.  He is currently serving as the Vice-Chair for the Pennsylvania Medical Society Political Action Committee.  His presentation was very well received by students and family members, Thank you again Dr. Pelkowski.   


The Class of 2019

On June 6, 2019, our senior class marched across the stage to become graduates.  They were the 54th graduating class of Iroquois High School.  Valedictorian was earned by Julia Lombard.  Followed by Salutatorian, earned by Leo Nicolussi.  The Faculty and Student Speaker was represented by Justin Bonniger.

 77 students received a diploma on 6/6/19.  51% of this class will go on to pursue other post-secondary educational opportunities, 10% will join the military, and 34% will go to out to join the workforce.

We wish each of them all the best.   Class of 2019 was awarded $591, 873 in Merit Based Scholarships.


Career Day 2019

Iroquois Jr/ Sr High School

On May 30, 2019, the Iroquois Junior High School hosted their annual Career Day.  Fourteen speakers from area businesses and post-secondary schools presented career opportunities to students.  The 7th and 8th graders attended (six) nineteen-minute sessions throughout the morning where career speakers spoke about the career cluster in which they were employed, employment opportunities available at their business, what a typical day looks like at their business, the education required for employment at their business, pro’s/con’s of working in their career field, academic skills required while emphasizing the importance of school success, organization, and study skills and how they relate to their career field, along with a piece of advice in order to prepare our students for a career in their field.

At the midway point of the morning, students and speakers had a twenty-minute break in which the classroom teacher led a career activity with the students (student inventory and classroom discussion questions).  Students were given a pre-career day survey and post-career day survey to rate their knowledge of the career fields.

After lunch, students attended grade level sessions, where they participated in career plan completion sessions.  The 8th graders completed interest inventories and researched a career based on their interest, followed up by completing their 8th grade portion of their career plan.  The 7th graders attended speaker sessions with Junior Achievement, in which the speakers discussed “Entrepreneurship.”  Next, the 7th graders participated in a writing lab activity that addressed how their current classes have helped prepare them for a career in their field of interest.  The 7th graders also completed a Holland Inventory, along with a Learning Styles Inventory and a Reality Check (budgeting for life after high school) on the WIN system, to help assist them with the 7th grade portion of their career plan.

Local businesses that participated in this year’s event included: (8th grade: Pennsylvania State Police Erie Regional Laboratory, Erie County Technical School, Flagship Niagara, U.S. Dept. of Labor and Wage, Fluid Delivery Systems, and Northwestern Rural Electric; 7th grade: LECOM, Erie Zoo, Penn Union, U.S. Army, McInnes Rolled Rings, and Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics).  Guest speakers covered careers in the five career pathways.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn and hear about the myriad of careers that are available to them.  It is also a wonderful opportunity for students to make adult connections with possible mentors in the world of work.




SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

6:00-7:30 P.M.

                     FINALLY, LET'S HAVE A BRAVE-TASTIC 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR