Consumer Science Class

Millie’s Take-out and Bakery of Yukon came to the Family Consumer Science Classes on Monday, May 22, 2017. They talked to the students the importance of food safety and decorating doughnuts. Every student created their own doughnut topping. The students enjoyed the visit and doughnuts very much.


Cougar Review May 2017




Cougar Review Spring 2017




Grade 6

Emily Stephan: Warning, Warning, RN is here!
Sponsor Award: Community College of Allegheny County
Certificate of Merit - Excellence in Creativity

   Isabella Vinoski:  Le Saut De Ballet De La 1'ere Position
Certificate of Merit-Excellence in Presentation

   Baily Trent:  Mixing Polymers
Certificate of Merit-Excellence in Creativity

Grade 7

   Dakota Cross:  Holding Hands With Books 
Fourth Place - Biology
Certificate of Merit - Excellence in Creativity

Grade 8

   Walter Vinoski:  Plastic Prosthesis Design 
Perseverance Award - Junior Scientist

   Adam Ozegovich: Sound Reduction: Absorbing Acoustic Waves
Fourth Place - Physics
Sponsor Award - Chevron
Perseverance Award - Junior Scientist

Yough "Rocks" Kindness

Goal #1: Inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way…

The students in Creativity Club shared kindness and words of support with their classmates by painting rocks to place around YIMS to inspire others with encouraging words : )  YOUGH STUDENTS ROCK!!!!!


"Welcome Back Cougars!" Career Day

On Friday, May 12th YIMS welcomed back nine Yough graduates as part of the first annual “Welcome Back Cougars” career day.  We had a variety of careers, which included FBI agent, police officer, auto mechanic, and many others.  These graduates talked about their various careers and the paths they took to achieve them.   They stressed to the students the importance of working hard in high school and encouraged the students to get involved in activities in school.  All in all it was a very successful day and we are looking forward to next year where we hope to welcome back even more graduates. 

Cameron Pils (’17) Cosmetologist and Jill Flower (’10) Nurse

Emily Baker (‘13) X-Ray Technician and Maria Zachetti (’10) FBI

Morgan Mularski (‘13) Journalist and Stone Lewandowski (’16) Auto Mechanic

Kasey Lynn (‘10) Police Officer and Drew Zurovcik (’98) IRS Agent

Dakotah Lackey (’17) Machinist

A Bridge to Terabithia

Mrs. Lust's 6th Grade LS Reading/Language Arts students are creating their own personal "Terabithia" in the MakerSpace classroom.  After reading the novel, the students had to first design what they wanted their own kingdom to contain.  The next step was to implement and create their very own kingdom!  The students used their imaginations to create pieces of art!


Members of the Paralyzed Veterans of America presented awards to their Essay Contest Winners:  Hannah Wright, Whitley Rothwell and Emily Stephan.
Over 100 students participated in the contest from grades 6 and 7.

March 2017 Cougar Review


2017 Spelling Bee Winners

1st Place

Savannah Wood    

Grade 8   

2nd Place  

Hayden Cooper

Grade 5

3rd Place

Jacob Parquette

Grade 6

Savannah will go on to represent Yough at the Western PA Spelling Bee at Robert Morris College on March 11, 2017. Wish her the best of luck!

Fraction Cup Song by Mrs. Pergola and Mr. Thomas' 6th Grade Math Classes

Mrs. Lust's 6th Grade LS Reading/Language Arts Class

The students focused on using adjectives to describe their characteristics, through exploration of their own personal character traits. They reflected upon self discovery of their own personal development through the year. Students utilized symbolism to create phrases/lines that apply to their lives and also composed a self/character poem.


Congratulations Paralyzed Veterans of America Contest Finalists


Yough Students Win Local VFW Essay Contest

Grade six students in the Yough Intermediate-Middle School recently took part in the Patriots Pen Essay Contest sponsored by the National VFW. Two members from the local VFW presented checks to the Essay Contest Winners! The winners are:

First Place - Madison Hodge             Second Place - Josh Denton             Third Place - Madison Snow

Madison Hodge also won first place in the district level competition and will now move onto the state competition. She will received $300 and will read her essay at the VFW's annual banquet. All three students that competed were from Mrs. Firmstone's class.

Congratulations to all and good luck to Madison!


November Cougars of the Month

Congratulations to the following students for being elected as November Cougars of the Month. These students were nominated and recognized for the November's Key to Success, "Teamwork".

      Grade 5
   Colin Hemus
   Peyton Rexrode    

      Grade 6
   Emma Fennell    
   Skylar Foster

      Grade 7
   Laila Trice
   Alesha Williams

      Grade 8
   Abigail Long
   Jon Podbesek

Paralyzed Veterans of America Contest Winners


Chess Tournament Winners

  Grades 5 & 6

  1st Place - Zander Aird
  2nd Place - Matt Williams
  3rd Place - Mark Williams


  Grades 7 & 8

  1st Place - Kaylyn Odelli
  2nd Place - Brian Caulkett    
  3rd Place - Kaitlyn Milcoff



Veteran's Day Program 2016

Yough 2001 Graduate, Captain Robert Prah, spoke of his service to our country with honor, dignity and appreciation to a gymnasium filled with over 150 Veterans, their families and 700 students and staff at this year’s Veterans Day Program at YIMS. Students that are Scouts led the Pledge of Allegiance while Azzia Berestecki sang The Star Spangled Banner. The YIMS Band and Select Chorus uplifting renditions of patriotic selections inspired everyone. Students placed Honor Stars on our Veterans Wreath and handed out Thank-you Cards in appreciation of service from family and friends. In closing, Sammi McGhee presented a Moment of Silence followed by the playing of Taps by Walter Vinoski and Sarah Lucke.


Invention Convention 2016

On December 8, 2016, the Yough Intermediate School District hosted an event for gifted students. There were an estimated 150 participants and the schools that attended were as follows: Norwin, Belle Vernon, Charleroi, Mt Pleasant, Penn Trafford, Greater Latrobe, Yough, Southmoreland, Franklin Regional, Monessen, Ringgold, and Burrell. Appropriately named invention convention, this competition  allowed students to imagine and present prototypes of their ingenious creations. Whether it be solving the everyday problem or world-wide dilemmas spectators are guaranteed to see ingenuity from many young minds. The competition scheduled on the same date this year and parents are welcome to observe their kids compete at the Yough Intermediate Middle School.


A Lesson in DNA

Students in Mrs. Knepp’s 5th grade class recently  created and decoded a “DNA recipe” for man’s best friend to observe how variations in DNA lead to the inheritance of different traits. Strips of paper (representing DNA) were randomly selected and used to assemble a DNA molecule. Students read the DNA recipe to create a drawing of their pet, and compare it with others in the class to note similarities and differences.




Turkey Trot 2016

YIMS once again participated in the annual Turkey Trot, a fun event whose proceeds benefit the Westmoreland County Food Bank. This is an event that the students really look forward to each year. The students donate $5 to participate or $20 to participate and receive an event t-shirt. This year we also combined this initiative with both Breast Cancer Awareness and Autism Awareness. The students collected $5,500 for the Westmoreland County Food Bank, bringing our Grand Total to $95,855.07 for the eleven years of participation. Because of the student’s efforts we will also be donating $500 to both Breast Cancer Awareness and Autism Awareness. A fantastic effort by all of the students and staff at YIMS!