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Students' Efforts Benefit Hurricane Victims October 23, 2017


Students Will Observe Red Ribbon Week October 20, 2017

Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC) and Elizabethtown Area School District are celebrating Red Ribbon Week, a drug prevention campaign held each October. Red Ribbon Week is being observed from Oct. 23 through Tuesday, Oct. 31. This year's theme is "Your future is key, so stay drug free!"

During classes and throughout the week, students will participate in special activities and learn about refusal skills, decision-making, and the importance of being drug-free.

At the elementary schools, students will have the opportunity to participate in "Plant the Promise" by planting red tulip bulbs on school grounds or at home and pledging to be drug free. Red tulip bulbs will be planted by student groups at Bear Creek School, Elizabethtown Area Middle School, and Elizabethtown Area High School. Various community businesses have agreed to have bulbs planted by EACTC Community Coalition members as well. When these flowers bloom in the spring, they will be a reminder of the students' pledges and a community-wide beautification project.

For more information about Red Ribbon Week, the EACTC Community Coaliton, or how to talk to one's children about alcohol and drug use, readers may visit or search for "Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC)" on Facebook.


District Takes Part In "Read For The Record" October 20, 2017


Students To Learn About Police Animals October 20, 2017

Students at Resurrection Catholic School will host the Lancaster Police Department's K-9 team and mounted unit on Wednesday, Oct. 18, so students may learn more about how dogs and horses work with police on the job. Police Sgt. Michael Gerace will give a presentation on dog obedience in the school gym at 8:30 a.m. Mounted police will arrive later for all students to visit.

Students are raising money in October to donate to community organizations that use animals to help others. The school began the fundraiser because the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, falls in October.


Londonderry Elementary Sets Read-A-Thon October 19, 2017

Londonderry Elementary School will hold a day of reading and fun on Friday, Oct. 27. The school is holding its inaugural Read-a-Thon, for which students will seek sponsorships for reading. The event is similar to a walk-a-thon, but instead of miles walked, the students will ask for donations for the number of books read in a day.

Recently, the school held a kickoff assembly involving the high school cheerleaders and read-along poems to get students excited for the event.

A tentative schedule for Oct. 27 will be as follows: 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., DEAR - Drop Everything and Read; 9:25 to 10:05 a.m., a first- and fourth-grade Pride Pal Reading Activity; 10:05 to 10:45 a.m., a kindergarten and third-grade Pride Pal Reading Activity; and 10:45 to 11:25 a.m., a second- and fifth-grade Pride Pal Reading Activity. Following lunch and recess, the afternoon will include a parade of book characters from 1:30 to 2 p.m., DEAR from 2 to 2:30 p.m., and a read-aloud, craft, and snack time from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.


High School Plans Day Of Service October 19, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9, will be a school day, but approximately 800 Solanco High School students will not be in school. Rather, accompanied by teachers, they will disperse throughout the region to volunteer at charitable organizations and other venues. In the event of rain, the Day of Service will be postponed until Friday, Nov. 17.

The inaugural Solanco High School Day of Service was created by a number of faculty members, including English teachers Erica Long and Jessica Prokay, music teacher Erin Brubaker, social studies teacher Rob Althouse, and math teacher Chris Rachor. The group is an off-shoot of a leadership team that principal Steph Lininger formed last year to foster student and faculty unity. Faculty members found organizations to serve, and students were invited to sign up. Participation in the event is not mandatory, and no incentives were offered. Students who did not opt in will report to the high school for educational, on-campus activities or attend their classes at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.

Some of the projects will require students to use specialized skills, while others will be more general. All of them will require the participants to demonstrate the Solanco School District's core character traits of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness.

More than 150 students are slated to visit classrooms throughout the district, assisting in art and reading classes, inventorying clothing for Renee's Closet and Dapper Dan's, and performing concert and marching band music. Many of those volunteers will help younger students with painting rocks for the Kindness Rocks Project.

Numerous students will volunteer in the Southern End, while several groups will travel to Mount Joy and into Maryland.

Senior Kyle Dombach, who hopes to be involved in the housing industry, will serve with Refton-based IMPACT! Missions. Trained professionals will work alongside Kyle and 44 other students as they make homes warmer, safer, and drier for those in need.

Senior Austin Murry will split wood, stain outdoor furniture, and operate a pressure washer with 14 peers at Black Rock Retreat, located south of Quarryville. "It's a great way to give back because they've given me so much (through summer camp)," Austin said.

An interest in animals, plus a fascination with Jimmie the reticulated giraffe, inspired senior Randi Rambo to opt to head down to Plumpton Park Zoo in Maryland. She expects to assist with ground maintenance, raking, weeding, and general cleanup. "It's cool to see that our (school) community could come together as one to give back," she said. "We don't know of any other school doing this."

"Seeing so many and such varied opportunities is inspiring," added senior Rachael Opdenaker. She has chosen to serve at the Global Aid Network logistics center in Mount Joy, sewing feminine hygiene products for women in developing countries and organizing blankets and other items for distribution.

"(It's convicting) to imagine not having access to basic accessories," Rachael said. "It is not something I think about."

Inspiring students to increase their awareness about needs in local and global communities cannot necessarily be found in a textbook or taught in a lecture.

"Instead of telling kids, we'll be showing them," Long commented.

Rachor noted that while the inaugural Day of Service was planned by faculty members, the committee hopes to get students involved in leading the event next year. Student groups contributed funds to support the event. Businesses that would like to sponsor next year's Day of Service, as well as organizations that would like to host student volunteers, may email Rachor at


EASD Sets Veterans Day Event October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area School District (EASD) will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, to honor local military veterans. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, rain or shine. The public is encouraged to to join students, faculty, and staff in paying tribute to veterans from the greater Elizabethtown area.

Taking part in the program will be Terry Seiders, school board president; Michele Balliet, superintendent of schools; Chuck Mummert, mayor of Elizabethtown borough; and numerous high school students.

All local veterans are invited to take part in the celebration. Interested veterans are asked to register by visiting and completing the online registration form by Tuesday, Nov. 7. They may also register by contacting Troy Portser, director of school and community information, at 717-367-1521, ext. 10024, or


Veritas Posts Art Invitational October 19, 2017

The public is invited to view and bid on original fine artwork currently on display at Veritas Academy, 26 Hillcrest Ave., Leola, as part of the school's second annual Art Invitational.

Titled "Art For the Great Books: The Medieval World," the invitational features six specially commissioned art pieces, each drawing inspiration from one of the "Great Books" of the Middle Ages, which Veritas students read as part of their cornerstone Omnibus courses.

All six pieces debuted at the Square Halo Gallery during Lancaster's First Friday event on Sept. 1, and each piece was judged by a committee based on how it fits the criteria of the Art Invitational and what will best serve the student body.

The winning piece, "The Reformation (Wittenberg) Altarpiece," was unveiled at Veritas Academy's Back to School Night on Sept. 21. This mixed-media work on canvas was created by artist Sandra Bowden.

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. As the winner of this year's Invitational, the winning piece will remain at Veritas as part of the school's permanent art collection.

Each of the other five art pieces are currently up for bids via a silent online auction. They include "Attraversare l'Acherone (Crossing Acherone)," oil on canvas by Allison Luce; "The Gates of Hell," archival pigment on canvas by Katy Hettinga; "I Need a Hero," acrylic on canvas by Ned Bustard; "The Nun's Priest's Tale: 'Homeland Security,'" oil and acrylic on canvas by Chris Anderson; and "The Green Knight," oil on canvas by Katie Joy Nellis.

Bustard is also administrator of the Invitational. Each year, the Invitational features artwork based on the Great Books of a different time period, as they are studied in the school's Omnibus classes.

To view photos of the artwork or place a bid, readers may visit Interested bidders may also visit Veritas Academy during school hours to view the original pieces. Bidders may choose to purchase the artwork themselves or join together to bid for the piece to stay at the school. If the minimum is not reached, the artwork will return to the artist. All proceeds over the minimum bids will be shared between the artists and the school. The online auction will end on Tuesday, Oct. 31.


Students Of The Month Honored October 19, 2017


Learning Skills For Success October 19, 2017

Penn Manor ninth-graders will participate a new program designed to help them develop the "soft skills" employers say are needed to succeed in the modern workforce.

All freshmen will complete online courses toward earning a Comet Credential, a certificate indicating they have completed training on a series of essential interpersonal skills and practices to help them succeed.

The courses include such topics as "Time Management: Quit Making Excuses and Make Time Instead," "Making and Carrying Out Tough Decisions," "Communication Methods that Make Sense - and Make Your Point" and "Difficult People: Strategies to Keep Everyone Working Together."

According to school counselor Melissa Ostrowski, the training will give all students the tools to successfully navigate their four years of high school and transition to college or the workforce.

This program is the first of its kind targeting an entire high school class - more than 400 students - in Pennsylvania. Students will complete the courses in addition to their regular academic work.

The Comet Credential program is a collaborative effort involving local business representatives, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and CareerLink of Lancaster County, which is part of the American Job Center network.

The courses that students will complete are the same ones that Lancaster County employers are offering to their workers as part of SkillUp Lancaster, an initiative designed to bolster the skills of the local workforce.

The Comet Credential program kicked off on Sept. 27 with an assembly that included a presentation by Scott Fiore of a local staffing agency on the skills students will need to succeed in the job market.

Penn Manor freshmen began the courses on Oct. 11 and will work on them throughout the school year.


Solanco Lacrosse Club Will Hold Interest Night October 19, 2017

The Solanco Lacrosse Club will host an interest night at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, in the cafeteria of Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. Current and potential coaches, sponsors, and players and their families are invited to attend.

The club's mission is to ensure that every boy and girl living in Solanco and neighboring areas has the opportunity to learn and play the sport of lacrosse. The interest night will include information about the sport, as well as the teams and competition available to youths.

This year, girls in second grade and older may play on an organized team. Second-graders through eighth-graders will compete in the Lancaster Area Girls' Lacrosse Association, and girls in high school will play club lacrosse against other high school clubs.

The teams for boys will start with fifth-graders. Up through eighth grade, the boys will play in the Lancaster-Lebanon Youth Lacrosse League. High school players will compete in club lacrosse.

Although lacrosse is a spring sport, a girls' team also plays in a winter league, and a boys' team has participated in a winter league as well. If there is enough interest, a winter team for boys will be formed.

"We are trying to grow the sport at the lower level so we have a feeder program so we can eventually become a PIAA team," said Solanco Lacrosse Club president Becky Akerley.

Currently, the high school teams have to travel great distances to compete against other club teams, as an increasing number of area teams are joining the PIAA. When the club can sustain a program and join the association, opportunities for competition will significantly increase.

"Lacrosse in Solanco is still a newer sport," said youth and assistant high school coach Brian McNamara. "That's why we're trying to get exposure (by hosting the interest night)."

Akerley is a fan of the sport, as she has seen her children benefit from participation.

"It's awesome! There's team building and great exercise, and it builds confidence," she said. "They learn teamwork and sportsmanship, and they become great friends during the season."

The Solanco Lacrosse Club was formed in 2009 by Mike Minchhoff, who coaches the high school boys' team, and April Ennis-Pierson. Doug Dalrymple is the head girls' coach, with middle-school coaching by Kevin Bunnell and Jean Ross. Dalrymple expressed his excitement that as lacrosse has gained popularity in Solanco, more parents have become involved. An active board of directors has been established, freeing up the coaches to focus on training their athletes instead of running fundraisers.

The club holds fundraisers in order to pay for field and gym time and to purchase equipment that players can use. By lending equipment such as helmets, pads, and lacrosse sticks, the club can lessen the financial impact involved with starting to play the sport. Separate fees have been set for participation on the boys' and girls' high school and youth teams.

To learn more, folks are invited to attend the interest night, or they may contact Akerley at or 717-823-8734. Registration forms for the spring 2018 season may be downloaded at


LCCTC Launches Apprenticeship Programs October 19, 2017

The Culinary and Pastry Arts programs at the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) have announced the debut of two separate apprenticeship programs that will combine local industry experience with advanced education. The two apprenticeship programs, accredited through American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Department of Labor and Industry, began at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Each apprenticeship is a two-year program including 445 hours of classroom instruction at LCCTC and 4,000 hours of training at sponsoring restaurants. Culinary apprentices are eligible to test for ACF Certified Culinarian and ACF Certified Sous Chef, and pastry apprentices are eligible to test for ACF Certified Pastry Cook and ACF Certified Working Pastry Culinarian.

The classroom instruction portion of the programs will be delivered by the LCCTC chef instructors and brand ambassadors for the ACF apprenticeship program, Robert Corle Jr. and Brian D. Peffley.

In addition, the LCCTC has in place an articulation agreement with HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. Those who successfully complete the apprenticeship program will receive 41 credits toward an associate's degree.

For more information on LCCTC program offerings or to apply, readers may call 717-273-8551 or visit


Hempfield High School Announces Expanded Homecoming Court October 19, 2017


School Board Members Honored October 19, 2017

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) recently honored Solanco school board members for their service to students, teachers, and the entire Solanco community. At the Oct. 16 school board meeting, Karen Devine of PSBA presented board members Kurt Kreider, Paul Plechner, and Justin Kreider with a certificate of appreciation recognizing their service and contribution.

Craig Chubb is also slated to receive a certificate in appreciation of his 16 years of service on the Solanco school board. Kreider, Plechner, and Kreider have each served 12 years on the board.


Pequea Classrooms Receive Transformation October 19, 2017

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D) graduates are helping Pequea Elementary School transform its classrooms into works of art based on children's books.

The project began when Pequea teacher Elizabeth Raff reached out to PCA&D in spring 2016 to find students who would be interested in working in a school or helping with a classroom transformation project.

PCA&D put Raff in contact with artists Kevin Mancuso and Alexandria Bonner.

Raff's classroom was transformed with an "Alice in Wonderland" theme, complete with images of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, a deck of playing cards, and the bottom half of a mannequin dressed like Alice hanging from the ceiling. At the front of the class is a checkerboard stage upon which Raff and her students can "perform" for the class.

The partnership has continued this school year.

A second-grade classroom at Pequea is being outfitted with ribbons of leaves, vines, and tree bark hanging from ceilings and walls for a "Magic Tree House" effect. Another classroom will be decorated in a "Harry Potter" style, and another room will follow a country-western theme.

"When the students enter these rooms, they are immediately drawn in and excited," said Pequea principal Shirley Murray. "This makes a great first impression."

Murray said the materials to decorate the classes are being provided by the school's PTO and other sponsors, but Mancuso and Bonner are volunteering their time.


Students Promote Peace October 19, 2017

Lancaster Mennonite School observed the International Day of Peace, Sept. 21.

On that date, Lancaster Mennonite Middle School students practiced peace in action, festooning the hallways with positive notes, listening to and sharing stories of peacemaking throughout history, and folding paper cranes as symbols of peace.

Origami cranes became a symbol of peace through the story of WWII atomic bomb survivor Sadako Sasaki, a Japanese girl who tried to fold 1,000 paper cranes in order to be granted one wish: to survive the effects of radiation. She was only able to fold 644 before she died. Her classmates created 356 more cranes so that she was buried surrounded by 1,000 cranes. Her story has inspired people around the world to fold and display origami cranes as a symbol of peace.

In preparation for the International Day of Peace, Locust Grove campus middle school students spent chapel time reflecting on a prayer for peace and then made flags featuring their prayers for the world. The flags were hung outside in front of the school.

New Danville campus first-graders participated in Pinwheels for Peace, a worldwide art installation project that promotes peace and nonviolence. The students drew pictures of ways to demonstrate peace to those around them and to the world. Their pictures were then transformed into pinwheels.


District Plans Candidate Meeting October 19, 2017

Lower Dauphin School directors invite the community to meet the candidate they are recommending to be the district's fifth superintendent when Dr. Sherri Smith retires later this school year.

Smith first informed the board of her desire to retire last spring, and in August the board started discussing the qualities of the district's next superintendent. They found those qualities in a former administrative staff member and assistant superintendent, Dr. Robert K. Schultz.

For these reasons, Schultz is the board's unanimous recommendation to be the next superintendent. The board will host a community meeting with Schultz on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lower Dauphin Middle School, 251 Quarry Road, Hummelstown. This will provide an opportunity for the staff and community to meet Schultz and speak to him personally.

The board is in the process of negotiating a contract with Schultz as well as a resolution that elects and appoints him to the position of superintendent upon Smith's retirement. His contract for employment could be finalized and voted upon as early as the board's meeting on Monday, Nov. 6. He is currently the superintendent of Tulpehocken Area School District in Berks County.


School Honors Students Of The Month October 19, 2017


Students Complete Reading Challenges October 19, 2017

Hundreds of Penn Manor elementary students were treated to ice cream at the start of the school year as a reward for completing reading challenges over the summer.

At Conestoga Elementary School, 74 students completed 200 minutes of reading, or eight books, over the summer, and 33 students completed at least 600 minutes, or 24 books, over the summer.

At Letort Elementary, nearly half the school's enrollment of more than 300 students met their challenge by reading for at least eight hours over the summer.

Similar challenges were issued at other Penn Manor elementary schools, and the schools treated their readers - and any newly enrolled students - to ice cream in recognition of their efforts.


Penn Manor Honors Psychology Teacher October 19, 2017

Penn Manor High School psychology teacher Maria Vita has been named chair-elect of the American Psychological Association's Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools.

The committee promotes professional development, high academic standards and leadership among high school psychology teachers, and it supports efforts to recruit students, especially minorities, to the field.

Vita has been a Penn Manor teacher since 2003.

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