OSI Observer
Apr. 15, 2014

Customer Spotlight: Holly Nowakowski, Upper Merion School District

Holly Nowakowski began working at Orbit Software in January of 2008. While working here, she was our customer support specialist. She worked closely with customers throughout every step of the process from packaging their software, to importing their data, onsite training and customer support. Her career at Orbit opened up a door to a new opportunity.

In July of 2013, Holly began working for one of our customers, Upper Merion School District, in King of Prussia, Penn. She is now their transportation specialist, helping oversee a staff of over 60 bus drivers and five bus aides. Holly says she loves working with BusBoss and her dream job was to work in transportation using BusBoss software. It appears as if her dream has come true.

On a personal note — Holly enjoys reading, working out at the gym and photography. Her biggest hobby is extreme couponing. This year alone, she's saved over $3,000 in groceries just by using coupons. Lately she's been spending a lot of her time planning her September wedding to her fiancé Tony. If you would like additional information from Holly, her email address is hnowakowski@umasd.org.More

Plan Safer Field Trips With 3 Simple Driver Strategies

For hundreds of years, field trips have been a tried and true teaching technique. Taking students out of a classroom and into a "real world" situation has always been a good way of reinforcing the lessons, and showing that they aren't just abstract exercises.More

Adults Must Be At School Bus Stop Under New Bill
Lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at protecting student's safety while traveling to and from school. The House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare is taking up a bill sponsored by Rep. Anastasia Williams (D-Providence), that would mandate all children from kindergarten through sixth grade be picked up by an adult at their bus stop.More

Skills On Show At School Bus Rodeo
Suffolk News-Herald
Enviable driving skills were on display recently at King's Fork High School in Virginia, when Suffolk Public Schools bus drivers gathered for a rodeo absent angry bulls and ten-gallon hats. It was the Suffolk Public School Bus Drivers Association's second such school bus rodeo, said Annette McLamb, a routing specialist with the district's transportation department.More

Gadget Corner: Amazon Fire TV Review
Popular Mechanics
Recently, Kindle vice president Peter Larsen stood before a small crowd and unveiled Fire TV, Amazon's solution for a low-cost set-top device. The black brick-like Fire TV checked the necessary boxes for widespread consumer appeal: it's small, powerful, inexpensive and easy to use. But beyond its glossy exterior and revolutionary claims, is Fire TV just another device to add to my growing menagerie of tangled cables? Or is it something more?More

Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Mr. Food
This classic recipe for Pineapple Upside-Down Cake uses the easy shortcut of a cake mix. And why not? With this recipe, we get the scrumptious "from scratch" taste we want without missing a beat in our busy lifestyles! More

Trivia Question

Which classic board game is honored on the 13th of April?

Answer: Scrabble — The 13th is known as National Scrabble Day. Scrabble is a word game, which involves players trying to form words from letter tiles.More

10 Interesting Facts You Should Know About April

  • Anglo-Saxons called the month Eostre monath or Eastremonath. The name of the Christian Festival of Easter comes from this word.

  • There is uncertainty of how this month got its name. It has been suggested that it may come from Roman word "Aprilis" meaning "to open," or it may come from Aphrodite, the Greek name for the goddess of love.

  • It is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and is one of four months to have 30 days. The month was originally the second month of the Roman calendar until King Numa Pompilius added January and February in around 713bc.More

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