BEAR CREEK: Bear Creek Community Charter School is holding a public lottery for school enrollment at 5:30 p.m. on April 2 in the school cafeteria. Two hundred and five children have applied to attend the school for the 2013-2014 school year, a record number in the school’s nine-year history. There are 40 anticipated openings in kindergarten and 18 anticipated openings in first grade for the 2013-2014 school year. For more information visit www.bearcreekschool.com.
DURYEA: The Frances Dorrance Chapter of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Duryea Municipal Building, 311 Main Street. The meeting is open to the public and there is no charge for the presentation.
Dave Kohler will make a presentation on Pocono peat bogs and pleistocene megafauna. He was involved in recovering the Newton Mammoth from Spring Lake, Bradford County and the Marshall’s Creek Mastodon from the Upper Delaware. Kohler has been a land research survey technician for the Pennsylvania Game Commission and has studied under Arlton C. Murray at the William Penn Memorial Museum.
NANTICOKE: The Greater Nanticoke Area School District is conducting kindergarten registration for the 2013-2014 school term from 9-11 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. on April 2-4 at the K.M. Smith Elementary School in Sheatown. Children must accompany parents/guardians to registration for screenings.
Students must be five years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents must bring the child’s birth certificate, two proofs of residency, a picture identification and current health and immunization records. Copies of legal documents must also be provided. If an Access card applies to the child, it must be brought to registration with all other necessary information.
Registration packets will be available in the principal’s office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at K.M. Smith Elementary School.
PITTSTON: The Jacquelines will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus home, 55 S. Main Street. Joan McFadden will preside.
A representative from Tastefully Simple will give a presentation on the company’s food and other amenities. Joelle Dougherty, chairman, and Sue Cosgrove and Dottie Povilaitis, co-chairmen, of the yearly fundraiser remind members that they need 100 percent cooperation to be successful in funding the Jacquelines and its community projects.
PITTSTON: Pittston Area High School is holding Curriculum Night for eighth-grade students entering the high school for the 2013-14 school year and for any parochial or private school transfer students. The event will take place from 6-8 p.m. on Monday in the high school cafeteria. Snow date is Wednesday.
Students will be selecting their courses from the programs of study for the 2013-14 school year. The presentation will discuss the programs of study, registration for transfer students and the guidance department will be available to answer any questions.
Students and parents should bring a pen or pencil to complete the Course Selection Form. The completed forms will be returned to the guidance counselors before the end of the program.
PLYMOUTH: The Plymouth Cambrian Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at the First Welsh Baptist Church. Hostesses are Megan Walkowiak and Beth Landmesser. The board meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Megan Walkowiak, president, will preside over both meetings. Plans will be discussed for the May 19 tea to be held at the First Welsh Baptist Church. All are invited.
SCRANTON: The Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Music Therapy Association is holding its annual conference April 4-6 at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center.
An Introduction to Music Therapy session designated for high school students and their music teachers will take place at 3:30 p.m. on April 5.
Log on to www.mar-amta.org to see program offerings and to register.
SCRANTON: Johnson College, 3427 N. Main Ave., is holding an Instant Decision Day from 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m. on Tuesday in Richmond Hall. Prospective students will have the opportunity to visit the college, meet with an admissions representative and receive an instant admissions decision.
Attendees should complete an online or paper application prior to arrival and bring an official copy of high school transcripts.
Those applying for Veterinary Technology should bring SAT or ACT scores, letter of reference, completed questionnaire and observation hours.
Those applying for Radiologic Technology and Physical Therapist Assistant Technology should bring SAT or ACT scores, letter of reference and completed questionnaire.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment during the session, visit www.johnson.edu/instant or contact the Admissions Office at 702-8900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
WILKES-BARRE: The Wyoming Valley Poetry Society is accepting entries for its annual Student Poetry Contest, which is held in conjunction with the Fine Arts Fiesta. The contest is open to students in grades 1-12 throughout northeastern Pennsylvania.
Poems may be rhymed or free verse and should not exceed 32 lines. Poems must be original, unpublished works. Entries should be submitted on 8-by-11-inch white paper and be typed or neatly written in blue or black ink. Lined paper is allowed. No odd-sized paper, light-colored ink, penciled entries or artwork. Students should retain a copy of their work.
Poetry will be judged in the following age groups: Primary, grades 1-3; Intermediate, grades 4-6; Junior, grades 7-9; and Young Adult, grades 10-12. Winners will be selected for each group in the following categories: first, second and third place and honorable mention. All winners will receive a certificate and be invited to read their poem on the main stage at the Fine Arts Fiesta at 11 a.m. on May 19. Pictures for the newspapers will also be taken.
All entries should include the following information on the back of the poem: student’s name, grade, school, home town, phone number and teacher’s name. Poems should be mailed to W.V.P.S. Student Poetry Contest, c/o Jim Spock, P.O. Box 173, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703. All entries must be postmarked by April 10. Winners will be notified on or around May 10. Call 823-0786 for more information.
WILKES-BARRE: Commonwealth Connections Academy (CCA), a kindergarten-12 public cyber school, is hosting a local information session to educate parents and families about the academy’s unique curriculum at 6:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Hampton Inn and Suites, 876 Schechter Drive.
CCA is a Pennyslvania public school and there are no costs for tuition, fees or supplies. Enrollment is open for the 2013-14 school year. For more information visit www.connectionsacademy.com/cca or call 800-481-6227.