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 www.eactc.org or search for "Elizabethtown Area Communities That Care (EACTC)" on Facebook.
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.
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 www.etownschools.org 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
Students Serve As School Board Representatives October 18, 2017
On Oct. 16, the Lower Dauphin Board of School Directors appointed high school junior Cassandra McIntire to serve as associate student school board representative.
McIntire will serve beside high school senior Alexandra Sassaman, who is returning for a second year as student school board representative.
McIntire is the daughter of Steve and Shelly McIntire. She is a member of the softball team and band and participates in Student Council and the Volunteen club. She is also a member of the English National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society and is in the PULSE program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She is also involved in her church and participates as a mentor in Lower Dauphin Communities That Care's Club Ophelia program.
Sassaman is the daughter of David and Lynn Sassaman. She is a member of the cross-country and girls' lacrosse teams and also participated in track and field. She plays violin in the orchestra and is a two-year member of the Young Republicans and the National English Honor Society. She has attended several leadership camps and was a member of last year's Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy at the high school. She plans to attend the United States Naval Academy, the Virginia Military Institute, or another college or university with an NROTC program with the goal of becoming an officer in the United States Marine Corps.
Eastern York Dollars For Scholars Plans 6K, Fun Run October 18, 2017
The Eastern York Dollars for Scholars (EYDFS) 6K and 1-mile fun run will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Nov. 11. Check-in and race-day registration will take place at Eastern York High School (EYHS), 720 Cool Creek Road, Wrightsville, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. The race will begin at 9 a.m. Online registration is available at www.eydfs.org/6krun.aspx through Tuesday, Nov. 7. Those who register by Tuesday, Oct. 31, will receive a race T-shirt. Separate registration fees have been set for the 6K and the fun run, and military veterans may register for half-price. All proceeds will benefit EYDFS.
Formerly known as the Jacob Dannels Memorial 6K, the event is a key fundraising component for EYDFS, an organization that exists to support EYHS graduating seniors through scholarships. Scholarships are awarded annually to individuals who demonstrate strong academic achievement and improvement, exhibit involvement in community and school activities, maintain consistent school attendance, and receive strong professional recommendations.
Event organizer Sherrie Snyder said that the group's goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible by hosting fundraising events like the 6K and an annual three-versus-three basketball competition, as well as through business sponsorships. More than $72,000 was awarded to graduates from the EYHS Class of 2017, said Snyder.
The EYDFS 6K course, which is equal to approximately 3.73 miles and will include a mix of roads and trails, will begin in the parking lot of EYHS, travel through a portion of Highpoint Scenic Vista and Recreation Area, and conclude on the EYHS track. The course does not accommodate pets or strollers.
A water station will be located at the halfway point at Highpoint. Volunteers will be stationed on the hill to cheer on the runners. Among the volunteers will be an EYDFS board member who is known as "King of the Mountain" for his faithful encouragement to runners at that spot each year. "People love the challenge," shared Snyder. "Our race volunteers come back every year and have a great time."
The 1-mile fun run will begin shortly after the 6K runners take off. "The fun run course is for those who want to participate on a small scale," Snyder explained. "The course (goes) on the Eastern York campus and (is) great for any age group."
As is tradition, homemade Italian wedding soup and tortilla soup will be provided for all participants after the race.
Awards will be presented to the top three men and top three women overall, as well as to the top male and female finishers in various age groups. The top three finishers in the fun run will also receive awards. Snyder said the awards ceremony will begin at approximately 10 a.m.
Last year's event had great weather and drew 94 participants for the 6K and 26 for the fun run. "We started giving random prizes (to people) after the race," Snyder said. "We will do that again this year - something a little extra for the great group of people who help support us."
For more details, readers may email 6K@EYDFS.org or visit http://easternyork.dollarsforscholars.org.
Students Of The Month Honored October 12, 2017
Martin Meylin Middle School team teachers recently selected students from each section who were "back to school and ready to learn." The students displayed characteristics such as organized notebooks, attentiveness to rules, evening study, and wise use of time.
Sixth-graders include Kiera Knapp, McKenna Donaldson, Ellie Young, Joseph Ocasio-Marti, Kole Lawrence, Aiden Flory, Aric Riehl, Annalyse Crum-Ewing, and Sarah Ziegler. Seventh-graders are Maggie Swarr, Laura Leaman, Sophia Fiorello, Ashley Prouse, Joelines Carabello, Ashton Knarr, Bryce Thomas, Sara Tobler, Landon Coronado, and Riley Bonholtzer. Eighth-graders include Molly Caplan, Priscilla Torres-Estremera, Abigail Lowe, Victoria Meredith, Maya Bowman, Joel Bitler, Santino Azzerelli, Kelly Hostetter, Christian Medina, and Luka Vranich.
Westphal Earns Doctorate October 12, 2017
Lampeter-Strasburg High School assistant principal Michele Westphal recently earned her doctorate. On Sept. 28, she successfully defended her dissertation and earned her Doctor of Education and superintendent letter of eligibility from Drexel University.
Westphal joined the high school administration team at the beginning of the 2016-17 school year. She was previously employed as a curriculum and instruction consultant for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) and has a background as both a mathematics consultant and a teacher.
Westphal also holds a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction from Indiana Wesleyan University, a master's degree in mathematics education from Western Governors University, a master's degree in higher education from Drexel University, and a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Pennsylvania State University.
Band To Take Part In Showcase October 12, 2017
The Solanco High School marching band will participate in the Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association's (LLMEA) Marching Band Coalition Showcase at JP McCaskey High School on Saturday, Oct. 28. Tickets will be available at the gate.
Stadium gates and concessions will open at 4 p.m. The national anthem will be sung by the JP McCaskey Singers at 4:55 p.m., and the showcase will begin at 5 p.m. Solanco is slated to perform at 5:30 p.m.
The event will wrap up with the members of all 11 participating bands performing together on the field.
Additionally, in the recent Ephrata Parade, Solanco placed third among the 16 competing high school marching bands. Solanco's Ryan Argenti was named Best Drum Major.
The band, which is directed by Scott Weyman, also performs during Solanco football games.
Tax Office Issues Reminder October 11, 2017
The Solanco School District Tax Office has announced that taxpayers will avoid a 10 percent tax penalty on their Solanco School District real estate taxes if the tax is paid in full by Tuesday, Oct. 31. A 10 percent penalty will be assessed on the portion of a taxpayer's real estate tax bill that is not paid by Oct. 31.
District residents who have already elected to use the district's installment plan for paying property taxes must make their second payment by Oct. 31. Taxpayers may not elect the installment payment option after Oct. 31.
Property tax payments may be paid at any Fulton Bank branch or forwarded to Solanco School District, P.O. Box 4158, Lancaster, PA 17604. Envelopes must be postmarked by Oct. 31, and late postmarks and incorrect payment amounts may be returned to the sender.
Anyone with questions may call the Tax Office at 717-786-5611.
School Board President Honored October 11, 2017
Christine Crone was recognized by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) for 12 years of service as a member of the board of school directors for the Red Lion Area School District. She was presented with a certificate and has been added to the PSBA Honor Roll of School Board Service.
Since 1983, PSBA has honored school directors for their commitment to serving on their school boards. The Honor Roll is PSBA's way of thanking people who exemplify statesmanship by advocating for public education and for all students they serve.
During her tenure on the board of school directors, Crone has served on several committees, including the district's extracurricular and policy committees. Additionally, she has served as vice president and is currently president of the board.
School directors give their personal time without compensation to serve the needs of the school district and the school community.
District Offers RaiderPacks October 11, 2017
The Middletown Area School District is dedicated to providing a quality education and ensuring the well-being of all students both in and out of the classroom. There are many obstacles that affect the success of children, including hunger. District representatives note that hunger has many negative effects on children's health, behavior, and ability to learn. The district's new RaiderPacks program is a way to respond.
The district is partnering with the Middletown Area Blue Raider Foundation and the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank to provide students in need with a bag of food every week. The RaiderPacks will contain breakfast, lunch, and snack options, which include fresh fruits and vegetables. Families will have the option to discreetly pick up the packs each week, or the packs can be sent home with students. All families with students in the district are welcome to apply to receive RaiderPacks, and the packs will be available weekly throughout the school year beginning in October.
In order to make this program a success, financial help is needed. It costs approximately $3.52 for each pack per week. Therefore, the total cost for one student per school year will be $123.20.
Donations will be accepted to help with the program. Checks may be made payable to the Middletown Area Blue Raider Foundation. The RaiderPacks Program should be noted in the memo section of the check. Credit card donations will also be accepted. For more information on donating via credit card, readers may contact Linda Mehaffie at 717-608-5990. Contributions are tax deductible.
Volunteers are also needed to help pack and distribute the bags each week. To volunteer, readers may contact Cindy McLaughlin or Marta Monroig at email@example.com.