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Donations Pay Off Lunch Debts January 16, 2018

In December 2017, two anonymous donations paid off more than $800 of student lunch debt at Penn London Elementary School and Avon Grove Intermediate School, as well as the more than $1,600 lunch debt of Fred S. Engle Middle School (FSEMS) and Avon Grove High School students. Avon Grove students have received yet another random act of kindness, this time in the form of an ongoing donation. The donor, a local business owner, has committed to providing $250 per quarter to help ensure that all FSEMS students can move into high school without a lunch debt.

When asked what inspired the donation, the good Samaritan shared that the inspiration for the donation arose from partaking in an event at FSEMS. The donor wanted to help families in need and make sure all children are fed.

The Avon Grove School District policy provides full meals for all students. For students who are unable to pay, a negative balance is recorded, and weekly invoices are sent home. All students are eligible to receive meals regardless of their ability to pay. Twenty-seven percent of FSEMS students are enrolled in the free or reduced-price meal plan.


Musicians Named To County Orchestra January 12, 2018

Lower Dauphin School District students will perform in the annual Dauphin County Orchestra Festival on Saturday, Jan. 20, at Hershey Middle School.

Performing in the Senior High Honors Orchestra will be Annie Dickinson, Aidan Ferguson, Ella Hickey, Olivia Kirsch, Nandini Patel, Allie Sassaman, and Faith Swanger, violin; Kailey Eldridge, Sarah Gingrich, and Abby Mauger, viola; Andrew Gilbert, cello; and Christian Gingrich, Vanessa Skidmore, and Ryan Pumo, string bass. David Pimentel of North Penn School District will conduct the orchestra.

The Junior High Orchestra will feature ninth-graders Katherine Foley, Angelina Smith and Rachel Steigerwald, violin; Maya Hoover and Anna Mauger, viola; Matthew Michalowski, cello; and Greyson Parks, string bass. Also performing will be seventh- and eighth-graders Stevie Clark, Audrey Meyers, Jacob Neithercoat, and Zoe Stoessel, violin; Jaiden Dissinger, Joseph Goduto, and Ava Kulp, viola; and Emma Dickinson and Ryan Stoe, cello. Brian Buterbaugh of West Shore School District will conduct the ensemble.

Performing in the Elementary Orchestra will be Lower Dauphin sixth-graders Austin Bechtel, Isaiah Bruce, Ella Clark, and Aaron Gingrich, violin; Abigail Foran, Sarah Gourley, Katie Mauger, and Marina Weidman, viola; and Silas Howard and Sarah Sells, cello. Fifth-graders performing include Conewago Elementary School's Lyla Kanode, violin; East Hanover Elementary School's Ellyana Snyder, violin, and Beatrice Yingst, viola; Londonderry Elementary School's Bethany Snavely, violin, and Virginia Huntzinger, viola; and South Hanover Elementary School's Lauren Gula and Chloe Chang, violin, Mason Dissinger and Chiara Mardegain, viola, Ada Hickey, cello, and Maddox Rooney, bass. Nye Elementary School fourth-grader Ada Howard will also play viola in the ensemble.

Krista Kriel of Gettysburg Area School District will be the conductor.


Students Participate In Hour Of Code January 11, 2018

Middletown Area School District students have been learning to code as part of the Hour of Code program. The global initiative aims to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming. It has become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with one-hour coding activities and expanding to all sorts of community efforts.

The coding enthusiasm began at Middletown Area High School and quickly spread to Middletown Area Middle School and Fink Elementary School. When Reid first-grade teachers Mrs. Pronesti and Mrs. Eppley heard about the global Hour of Code initiative being held during the week of Dec. 4 to 10, 2017, they challenged their 5- and 6-year olds to become coders. The challenge was accepted and conquered.

The young learners, who have been raised on cell phones, tablets, computers and video games, easily adapted to code language and were quickly completing simple programming tasks. On classroom electronic tablets, students were presented with challenges such as programming a critter to follow a specific pathway to reach an end goal such as food. The first-graders entered hundreds of lines of code to carry out specific tasks.

In addition to programming, the Hour of Code initiative also challenges students to tackle activities that do not use a computer. For their first project, the first-graders worked with Mrs. Moore's fifth-graders to build a paper ramp that could successfully support a rolling marble. In their second challenge, first-graders worked in pairs and used gumdrops and toothpicks to build a structure that would successfully hold a paperback book. The goal was to be persistent no matter how many times their structures failed.


Preschool Registration Posted January 11, 2018

Hempfield High School Preschool Program registration will open on Monday, Feb. 5. Registration may be completed at

The two-day program for 3- and 4-year-olds will be held Mondays and Fridays, either from 9:30 to 11:55 a.m., or from 12:15 to 2:40 p.m. Tuition fees will vary for district residents and nonresidents. A nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration. Children enrolling in this program must be 3 years old by Saturday, Sept. 1.

The three-day program, for 4- and 5-year-olds, will run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, either from 9:30 to 11:55 a.m., or from 12:15 to 2:40 p.m. Children enrolling in this program must be 4 years old by Sept. 1. It is suggested that children who register for the three-day program should have attended the two-day program prior. The focus for the three-day program will be kindergarten readiness. Tuition fees for the three-day program will vary for district residents and nonresidents. A nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration.

For more information, readers may contact Lauren Stauffer at 717-898-5553 or email


Committee Raises Funds January 4, 2018

The Manheim Central Social Services Fund Committee recently sponsored its Holiday Helpers effort, which turned the proceeds of five school district employee dress-down days and holiday donations into gift cards for families in need.

The school district was able to gift $6,500 in Target cards to randomly selected district families in need as a result of the $5,310 raised. The committee also received an unexpected $5,000 gift of WalMart cards from a community member to benefit families. It also received $100 in gift cards donated by a staff member. A donation of $1,000 in gift cards to benefit four district families also came from a local optician.

The district's office employees played Secret Santa with a goal of serving 20 students in need.

In addition to the more than $12,500 in gift cards and presents, the district also partnered with the following businesses, organizations and churches to shower district families with many thousands of dollars in gifts and support: the Manheim Women's Club, Zion Lutheran Church, Bethel Baptist Church, Ruhl's Church, Salem United Methodist Church, Northern Regional Police, IU 13, Pleasant View Retirement Community employees, The Highlands at Warwick residents, and The Crest residents.


Lower Dauphin Students Honored January 4, 2018

A pair of Lower Dauphin elementary school students and a high school sophomore were recently recognized by Hummelstown Police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care through the Do the Right Thing program.

South Hanover Elementary School fourth-graders Grace Lindsay and Torree Robertson were honored for deciding to organize an effort to collect books for people in need. At the high school, Jared Carson was nominated by school secretary Betty Anne Fry for his honesty in finding and turning-in $40 in cash. The students were recognized with $25 gift cards, Do the Right Thing t-shirts and certificates, and pizza coupons.

A pair of students at South Hanover Elementary School, second-grader Casey O'Brien and third-grader Michael Rolling, received Do the Right Thing certificates for their friendliness and kindness and for making their school a better place.

The Do the Right Thing program is modeled after a successful national program. Now in its 11th year, the program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude, or outstanding efforts. The program provides a way to recognize good deeds and reinforce exemplary behavior.

School staff members and police officers typically nominate students whose positive actions come to their attention, but any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a child. A volunteer committee reviews the student nominations on a monthly basis and selects a winner each month.

For more information, readers may contact Kathy Peffer at 717-566-6096.


Kindergarten Registration Opens January 3, 2018

Children residing in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District who will be five years of age by Saturday, Sept. 1, are eligible to enter kindergarten in the 2018-19 school year.

Registration letters will be mailed in January and contain a schedule of upcoming events, a list of what is needed to register, and a registration form. This information is available at in the Enrollment Department section. For more information, contact Deborah Yinger at 717-464-3311, ext. 1027.

Students who will enter kindergarten next year are also invited to attend the district's monthly Preschool Story Hour. Sessions are held the second Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Registration information is available on Lampeter Elementary School's website.


Students Of The Month Honored January 3, 2018

Solanco Students of the Month were recently honored by superintendent Brian Bliss and the Solanco school board.

They include Kara Peace, seventh grade, Smith Middle School; Audrey Underwood, fourth grade, Quarryville Elementary; Lauren Stoddard, fifth grade, Bart-Colerain Elementary; Sarah Kelley, third grade, Clermont Elementary; Jane Grube, third grade, Providence Elementary; Jordan Hoover, 12th grade, Solanco High School; and Brody Mellinger, seventh grade, Swift Middle School.

The students were recognized for the positive influence they have on their peers, their work ethic, their participation in classroom discussions, and their willingness to help others. The students received a copy of the letter from their teacher nominating them for Student of the Month, a T-shirt, and a certificate for a student meal at a local eatery.


School Board Members Sworn In January 3, 2018

Solanco school board members Paul Plechner, Kurt Kreider, Justin Kreider, and Craig Chubb, who were re-elected during a recent election, were sworn in by district magistrate Stu Mylin prior to the Dec. 4 school board meeting. The board also held its annual reorganization session, and Steve Risk was unanimously elected to his third one-year term as board president, and Plechner was re-elected as vice president.

The school board also voted to retain the firm of Kegel, Kelin, Almy and Lord, LLP, as solicitor for the district.


District Posts Community Education Classes January 3, 2018

Central York School District has announced its spring 2018 community education classes. Classes will be taught in the areas of fitness, cooking, dancing, and personal improvement. New offerings this term include Walk 15, a low-impact, aerobic-style, walking-based group exercise class for people of all ages and fitness levels; Regional Soups from Italy; Chamber Theatre; and Getting Paid to Talk:Making Money with Your Voice.

Other classes will include Digital Photography, Introduction to Spanish, Retirement Planning, and Ballroom Dancing for various levels, including beginners. Start dates, schedules, fees, and meeting locations vary by class.

For a brochure and registration information, readers may visit and click on Community and Adult Education Program in the Community menu. Additional information is available by contacting Linda Tross at Central York School District at or 717-846-6789, ext. 1206.


Students Hold Food Drive December 29, 2017

As part of a special winter service project, Manheim Central School District fourth-grade students recently participated in a friendly competition to collect items for the Manheim Food Pantry. The project was held over the course of about a week and a half in December.

In addition to the district-wide competition, Burgard Elementary and Doe Run Elementary schools had separate competitions between fourth-grade boys and girls. The competition lasted nearly two weeks, and the girls managed to pull off the win at both schools.

Burgard students collected 477 items and Doe Run students collected 979 items for a grand total of 1,456 items to be donated to the food bank. Parents of the students transported the items to the food bank.


School Board Posts Overview December 28, 2017

At the Dec. 20 Solanco school board meeting, business manager Tim Shrom provided an overview of the district's 2018-19 budget development process, which included the several target dates.

Approval of advertising and posting of the proposed preliminary budget will take place on Monday, Jan. 8, and adoption of the preliminary budget will occur on Monday, Feb. 5. Approval of advertising and posting of the proposed final budget will take place on Monday, April 23, and adoption of the final 2018-19 budget will occur on Monday, June 4.

The state has established an Act 1 rate for Solanco of 3 percent, which means Solanco could increase its property tax rate up to 3 percent without applying for an exception. Because of increasing special education costs, Shrom has recommended that the school board apply for available exceptions, which would provide the board with options for the final budget adoption in June.

Residents may visit to review the budget development presentation Shrom provided at the school board meeting.

In addition, the board has approved an agreement for a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) grant at Quarryville Elementary that focuses on working collaboratively to integrate standards-aligned writing content, effective instruction and intervention, and assessment data to improve outcomes for all students in grade three. The Quarryville team consists of principal Rebecca Gajecki, Solanco special education supervisor Linda Overley, special education consultant Danielle Booth, Title 1 coordinator Sandy Haines, school psychologist Jenna Carey, school counselor Mary Humphries, reading specialist Jess Misel, third-grade teacher Heather Beck, and IU 13 staff Kristen Lentz and Laura Lent. The grant funds up to $10,000 for conference/ training, resources and materials, and substitute teacher costs.

The school board has approved an agreement with Kaleidoscope that will provide the high school with software that will enable students to more efficiently develop and submit online college applications.

The school board has approved an agreement that will provide the district with StudentTracker for High Schools software, which will be used to collect data from graduates about their activities after high school, such as college, military, or career. Paper surveys have been used in the past, and the district expects a much greater return rate of information with StudentTracker for High Schools.

The school board meeting was held in the recently renovated Solanco High School auditorium to provide school board members with a demonstration of the many new improvements. Lighting in the auditorium has been significantly improved with the installation of new full-spectrum color and white lights, LED lights and dimmers, and a hoist bar with interchangeable lights. In addition, the auditorium now has a new mobile and programmable sound system, and many backstage improvements have also been made. School board members were treated to onstage musical performances by the school jazz band and student Rachael Opdenaker, who will play Maria in the upcoming spring musical, "The Sound of Music."


Breakfast Club Students Recognized December 28, 2017

Standout students at Swift and Smith middle schools were recognized for their display of good character. The students were nominated by their teachers as Breakfast Club students and were treated to a breakfast with their parents and middle school principal Paul Gladfelter.

Unlike the honor roll, which is based solely on academic performance, Breakfast Club students are selected on the guidelines of respect, responsibility, honesty, self-control, courtesy and manners.

Recent Swift Breakfast Club students include Devon Culberson, Chelsie Deaver, Raven Garabo, Lillyan Soulliard, Meghan Hoch, Eamon Kreider, Daria Neaves, Adeleigh Scott, Brandi Green, Katelyn Jensen, Kyle Welk, and Chelsea Zaborskiy.

Recent Smith Middle School Breakfast Club students include Cody Rose, Xander Monarrez, Wyatt Tominson, Emily Donaldski, Santiago Yujiang, Olivia Northern, Emma Kline, Gavin Buhl, Robbie Sauder, Mikayla Geyer, and Andres Villeda.


Impact Increasing At Bible2School - Elizabethtown December 28, 2017

When Sue Martin heard about Bible2School - Elizabethtown on WJTL, she knew that it was something she would like to get involved with since she was positively influenced by a similar program in elementary school. "When I was growing up, our class was bused to a church nearby, and it was great for me because I was not a churchgoer," recalled Martin. "(My teacher) was the most loving person I had ever met.

"I remember her big smile and the love. It impacted me so much, and I thought (now) I can be involved in sharing that kind of love," said Martin.

Bible2School is a Manheim-based mentorship program that offers free, weekly Bible elective classes for public school students in several school districts in Lancaster. The initiative complies with the Released Time legislation, which allows children to be released from school for religious training of their choice. Each week, a Bible lesson is taught, sometimes incorporating music, a skit, or a science experiment, before the children split up into smaller groups, where a volunteer leads discussion, a craft or an activity, and prayer.

In September 2017, Bible2School - Elizabethtown branched out as a member of the parent organization. Three area churches - Emmanuel Baptist, Living Hope Assembly, and Rissers Mennonite - teamed up to form Bible2School - Elizabethtown as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that implements the Bible2School curriculum for second- and third-graders at the East High Street and Mill Road elementary schools.

Students from East High Street Elementary School who sign up meet at Emmanuel Baptist, and Mill Road students meet at Living Hope Assembly. Second-graders learn about the Old Testament, and the third-grade curriculum centers on the New Testament.

"The children love it. We feel like a family now," remarked Martin, adding that the low student-to-volunteer ratio is conducive to building tight-knit relationships. Acting out the story of Jacob and Esau was a recent hit with her class. "Everything we do is interactive, and of course we make it funny, too," she said.

Parents may sign their child up to attend Bible2School by filling out a form available in their child's school office or at The program runs through April with open enrollment so that a student may join at any time during the academic year. Bible2School is entirely free to participants and schools, as it is funded through donations and carried out by trained volunteers.

Emmanuel Baptist Church pastor Garret Rain said that when Kori Pennypacker, executive director of Bible2School, approached him about the possibility of Elizabethtown being the pilot for the new partnership model, he had some angst about the transition. However, he said that working together with the other churches on the effort has been a blessing. "We prayerfully worked together about doing it as a team," Rain said. "It's working well."

Rain already has his eye on areas where progress may be made. "We need to grow in the second-grade age group, and there's plenty of room at Mill Road," noted Rain. "Here is an opportunity for us to affect the schools directly and indirectly all at the same time. We're sending little missionaries back into the schools each week." Fourth-grade classes could also be added in the future, and more volunteers are needed to accommodate that level of growth. Rain would also like to see the program added for Bear Creek School and the other elementary schools.

"In any of our lives we all have to struggle with the darkness of the world, and having an opportunity to take a break, even just one day out of the week, allows children to see that there's something else," said Rain. "This inspires hope and joy."

To inquire about volunteering with Bible2School in Elizabethtown, readers may contact Daryl Heistand at 717-917-3483.


Students Recognized At Robotics Competition December 26, 2017

Fifteen Southern York County School District (SYCSD) students competed at a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics qualifying event on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Md., on Dec. 16, 2017. All the SYCSD competitors are members of the Southern York County Robotics Club, a local community group formed in 2016.

The club sent three teams of five children each. The SYC Ferocious Wildcats team consists of Andrew Hetzer, Mateo Ramirez-Snell, Ian Rosul, Robert Rosul and Keira Woods. SYC Virus consists of Ian Davis, Tyler Harper, Nick Johns, Matthew O'Brien and Patrick O'Brien. The SYC Cyber-Cyclones team consists of Henry Kopp, Gavin Leone, Elena Martin, Evan Martin and Eva Ross. All the students had worked for months in preparation for the competition.

A total of 16 teams competed at the qualifying event. All three SYC teams performed well, taking the top three places in the robot performance category. The Ferocious Wildcats won the Judges' Award in acknowledgement of their well-rounded showing, and SYC Virus won the second-place Champion's Award for overall excellence in the robot design, team project and core values categories. The SYC Cyber-Cyclones won the first-place Champion's Award, as well as the first-place Robot Performance Award. Additionally, the Cyclones' team project was nominated for FIRST LEGO League's Global Innovation Award, a competition designed to showcase the real-world, innovative solutions that FIRST LEGO League teams create as a result of their projects.

The SYC Cyber-Cyclones and SYC Virus will now advance to the Maryland State Championship, which will be held at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md., on Saturday, Feb. 24.


Oxford Students Take Part In Holiday Giving December 26, 2017

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, Oxford Area School District students helped out local charitable organizations, including the Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (NSC).

The third- and fourth-grade students in the Academically Talented Program (ATP) assisted with Nottingham Elementary School's annual food drive in cooperation with Oxford Presbyterian Church (OPC) and NSC. For four weeks prior to Christmas, the ATP students promoted the drive through posters and announcements on the morning newscast.

The students then packed, counted and loaded the donations for pickup. As the numbers were tabulated, the ATP students created a pictograph on the wall of the cafeteria so the entire school could watch the donation count.

For every 10 items donated, a "soup can" was added to the pictograph. By Dec. 8, 2017, the Nottingham students and staff members had contributed a total of 1,187 cans and boxes of food to the OPC food cupboard. The items were used to make up food baskets for Oxford area families in need. The baskets were picked up and delivered by volunteers from the Chester County Food Bank.

Also, the six student teams at Penn's Grove School held a holiday campaign to collect donations to purchase toys for the Christmas Room at NSC. In total, nine bags of toys and clothing items were delivered to NSC.

NSC has been collecting new, unwrapped toys and clothing items for its Christmas Room program for more than 30 years. All donations go to local children.

NSC is located at 35 N. Third St., Oxford. For more information, including the services provided by the organization, readers may call 610-932-8557 or visit or


Football Programs Team Up for Charity December 20, 2017

The Pioneer varsity football team recently joined forces with its rival, the Cocalico Eagles, to raise money for charity. Both teams fundraised at their schools and in the community through sponsorships, T-shirt sales, and donations.

Together the teams raised $6,000 for A Week Away, an organization that coordinates and finances respite weeks for families battling life-threatening illnesses. A Week Away was founded by the late Caleb Walker, a Lampeter-Strasburg athlete and graduate.


Recognition For Students Posted December 19, 2017

Southern Middle School recently announced its distinguished academic achievement for the first marking period. Students in grades seven and eight were recognized for their academic achievement.

Distinguished academic achievement was bestowed upon eighth-graders Madison Alexander, David Barrett, Jonelle Bell, Kaleb Bella, William Billingsley, Jillian Bolio, Brandon Bontoyan, Trinity Boone, Craig Brenneman, Gavin Comber, Heather Cook, Alexcia Cuffley, Annabel Curran, Reagan Czahor, Emily Daiuto, Tina Dao, Arianna Davis, Roman Davis, Jesus Diaz-Flores, Kacie Dix, Alexis Drew, Emily Driscoll, Shantel Dubs, Tyler Elliott, Morgan Ellis, Sabreena Fahringer, Julia Fiedler, Allison Flaherty, Abigail Foster, Madeline Gajewski, Jillian Geppi, Kendal Gerber, Connor Gillespie, John Hallameyer, Andrea Hammond, Grace Hartenstein, Hannah Herzog, Andrea Hunt, Abigail Jacobs, Caitlyn Jensen, Madeline Johnson, Braden Jones, Joshua Ketterman, Ella Kloster, Grace Knepper, Angela Kontz, Kayla Little-Bowman, Rebecca Lynch, Brecken Macdougall, Logan Macdougall, Quinlan Maronic, Spencer Mathena, Jacob McBride, Garren McKenzie, Kailey Messersmith, Keirsten Miller, Timothy Minacci, Emily Monk, Isabelle Morrison, Ashton Murray, Mary-Camden Parmer, Olivia Pasko, Juliana Quintilian, Anna Reed, Chance Ritchey, Addison Roeder, Zachary Rogari, Chloe Ross, Trista Senez, Zackary Sharkey, Atticus Silbaugh, James Stallings, Alexander Stare, Matthew Stare, Megan Stiffler, Kylie Vantassel,, Lindsey Wachter, Jennifer Wagner, Allisyn Walker, Jarace Walker, Kaylin Waples, Alec Warner, Andrew Watkins, Carter Watts, Eleanor Watts, Anabeth Wentzel, Natalie Whelan, Madison Williams, Danielle Williman, Garrett Wilson, Alexa Wood, and Ethan Wright.

Students in grade seven honored for distinguished academic achievement include Olivia Agostino, Olivia Alwine, Adriana Andrews, Natalie Badour, Colin Baust-Crain, Bradley Bennett, Erica Broadaway, Sydney Brown, Colin Brusse, Corryn Burnett, Michael Burns, Vincent Chen, Courtney Clark, Tristan Coleman, Mya Culp, Oliver Dance, Nicole Dauberman, Ian Davis, Jocelyn Davis, Tiana Drayden, Dylan Elliott, Ethan Ewell, Maia Farber, Olivia Folfas, Madalyn Forder, Cameron Fullem, Luke Geiple, Kelly Giblin, Clara Gibson, Gabriel Glanz, Emily Goodfellow, Gavin Gootee, Kaitlyn Greer, Amelia Gusherowski, Adia Hartman, Grant Hartman, Haley Hebel, Gabriel Heimbach, Ava Holloway, Nicholas Horvath, Devin Hughes, Alexandria Insley, Anne Jackson, Nicholas Johns, Alexander Johnson, Peyton Joines, Aneesha Kandala, Logan Kessler, Emma Knull, Henry Kopp, Sienna Kopp, Ryan Kuhns, Krystal Lam, Sydney Lambdin, Gavin Leone, Trent Lewis, Andrew Lindauer, Ryleigh Marks, Elena Martin, Evan Martin, Kaylee Martin, Kylie Martin, Gabrielle Marusko, Kyle Marzullo, Hunter Matthews, Alexandria McCord, Olivia McGlaughlin, Timothy McKee, Austin Merryman, Connor Milano, Logan Mitchell, Matthew O'Brien, Kaitlyn O'Byrne, Kaytlin O'Neill, Benjamin Oestrike, Elena Pasko, Emma Patterson, Lauren Paules, Lathan Penley, McKenna Porter, Benjamin Prunty, Mateo Ramirez-Snell, Katherine Reall, Alexa Reider, Bea Angela Ricafort, Maddox Ridout, Grace Ritz, Chase Robert, Alyssa Roberts, Emma Rohrer, Eva Ross, Brianna Ruth, Kiersten Schuler, Daniel Scott, Josephine Sedgley, Sarah Shifflett, Bradley Simons, Bam Smith, Matthew Snyder, Michael Snyder, Gavin Sober, Gabriel Somerville, Tobias Spears, Lola Sroka, Sophia Stewart-Frank, Alexina Stine, Julie Tollen, Jacob Wade, Elana Waltimyer, Tyler Watts, Evelyn Weldon, Jacob Wetzel, Gabriella Wolf, Emily Wright, Alisyn Zapach, and Robert Zumbrum.


Hempfield Places On AP District Honor Roll December 15, 2017

Hempfield High School is one of 447 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll.

To be included, Hempfield School District had to increase the number of students participating in AP since 2015 while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher. The district is also committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

In 2017, more than 4,000 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, or both, along with consideration in the admissions process. Inclusion in the eighth annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2015 to 2017, looking across 38 AP exams, including world language and culture.

To receive the recognition, districts needed to increase participation/access to AP by a set percentage based on the size of the district; increase or maintain the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students taking exams and scoring a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam; and improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2017 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2015 percentage, unless the district had already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students earned a 3 or higher.

The complete eighth annual AP District Honor Roll may be viewed at


District Hires Serfass December 15, 2017

At its Dec. 12 action meeting, the Elizabethtown Area School District board of education unanimously approved the hiring of its former high school principal Dan Serfass as the assistant to the superintendent for learning. Serfass will replace Amanda Hann, who will be leaving for the Donegal School District in mid-January. Serfass will rejoin the district in June 2018 at the completion of his commitment as principal of Wiesbaden Middle School in Germany.

Serfass was hired following an extensive search process that involved a series of interviews. The interview team was comprised of district and school administrators, teachers, and school board members.

Wiesbaden Middle School is a United States Department of Defense public school for children of U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. Prior to his most recent position at Wiesbaden, Serfass was principal at Elizabethtown Area High School for two years.

Serfass has also successfully served as the principal of Rota Middle-High School in Spain and Livorno Elementary-Middle School in Italy. Further, he has served as assistant principal at Hershey High School and Radnor High School in Wayne. He also taught civics and science and coached at William Allen High School in Allentown and The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr prior to transitioning into public school administration.

Serfass is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., where he earned a bachelor's degree in applied mathematics. He was awarded a master's degree in educational Leadership from Lehigh University in 2005. Other postgraduate degrees include a master's in management from Troy University in 1996 and a master's in public administration from Shippensburg University in 1993, which he received while studying National Security Affairs at the U.S. Army Senior Officer War College in Carlisle. During his 20-year career as a United States Naval officer, his tours of duty included leadership positions as a commanding officer and chief of staff. He also trained countless men and women in the performance of their skilled trades while sustaining exceptional rates of organizational mission accomplishments.

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