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Kits Offer Virtual Field Trips January 11, 2019

In December, virtual field trips were made possible for students in Hempfield School District through the Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 (IU 13) Google Expeditions Virtual Reality (VR) Kits. At Heritage Day in December, Landisville Primary Center students enjoyed field trips from the comfort of their school desks, and earlier in December at East Petersburg Elementary, Diane Kargo's students in second grade took a virtual field trip to study rocks, minerals, and fossils.

The IU 13 provides training for teachers who would like to lead their lessons with a virtual field trip to one of more than 200 destinations using the VR kits. Hempfield School District teachers have been taking advantage of this opportunity.

According to Landisville Primary Center teacher Jadi Redcay, she completed training through the IU 13 and was then able to sign out VR goggles. She then began to expand on the use of the goggles in the classroom. Her students partnered with first-graders in Sandy McConnell's class to complete tours that showcased various polar animals, and the experience was connected to a collaborative writing project.

One purpose of the kits is to touch on a variety of subjects with the goal of creating maximum engagement for students with a unique experience while sparking student creativity.


Home-Based Head Start Offered In MTSD January 11, 2019

Twins Jeremiah and Joshua Philemond worked Head Start home visitor Jessica Gordon to build with brightly colored, interconnecting blocks on the floor of the living room in their Manheim Township School District (MTSD) home. "It's a tall tower," cried Jeremiah, gesturing to the nearly three-foot-high structure.

Gordon visits the twins weekly to provide parenting support to their mother, Kettia. "I help the parent give lessons to their children," said Gordon, who noted that children ages 3 to 5 residing in MTSD whose families meet certain income requirements qualify for home visits. "The idea is to work with the child academically."

Gordon explained that many people have heard of Head Start classrooms, but they may not be aware of the home visit program. "Home-based (Head Start offers) benefits for families (that) may have transportation issues or younger children that make it difficult to get out of the house or a special family situation that makes it hard for them to get to the classroom," she said. "We do all the same things Head Start does (in the classroom, but at home)."

According to Gordon, each home visit includes two segments. The first segment involves the home visitor working with the parent and the children. "I support the parent as we work through an activity with the child," said Gordon. "We work on all of the school readiness activities, and I help the parents understand the ways (the activity) is beneficial," said Gordon. "We complete assessments and give (parents) the tools they need in the areas that are lacking," added Gordon. Gordon can also offer assistance with behavioral issues. She noted that a team is available to help the children who have challenging behaviors to get the support they need when they start school. "We call in our behavior team and make those referrals," she said.

The second part of the visit focuses more on parental needs. "It's a parent support time," said Gordon, noting that discussions with parents often include how to register a child for kindergarten or ways to make the bedtime routine go more smoothly. "We help with community resources, health support services, dental screenings, and vision and hearing testing," said Gordon. "We encourage (parents) to make sure the children are on track with well child checks."

In addition, twice monthly social events are scheduled for families receiving home visits. Currently, the events are held at PA CareerLink Lancaster County, Liberty Place, Lancaster, on the second and fourth Tuesdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. "We offer the children a meal during the social time," said Gordon. "That opportunity is a chance for (children) to be in a classroom setting and parents to connect on a support level," said Gordon, who added that guest speakers may come in to talk to parents about services such as WIC or area food pantries. "It's an opportunity for families to connect, which they may not have chances to do if they don't have transportation. Some may not see another parent all day long," she said.

In addition to the social gatherings, Gordon noted that community events can be planned for the children and parents. "If (parents) want to get (children) out to do something fun, we can meet at a park," said Gordon, who hopes to have up to a dozen families take part in the program.

"Our home-based (program) is very parent driven," said Gordon. "If (parents) need support in an area, that's where I work (with) them. Everything is very parent driven because the goal is to help them be the best parent for their child."

Readers who think their children may qualify for the Head Start home-based program may call the program enrollment manager at 717-299-7301, ext. 3012.


Information Sought For Class Of 1969 January 11, 2019

Hempfield School District is seeking to recognize the Class of 1969 on the 50th anniversary of its graduation at a reception to be held prior to the school's commencement ceremony on Wednesday, June 5.

Class members or those who have a roster of contact information for the Hempfield High School Class of 1969 are asked to contact the communications office at 717-898-5539 or


Students Of The Month Recognized January 10, 2019

Solanco School District Students of the Month for December include John Brinton, second grade, Clermont Elementary; Daisy Hess, kindergarten, Providence Elementary; Nicholas Pringle, fourth grade, Bart-Colerain Elementary; Kyle Osborne, 12th grade, Solanco High School; Caitlin Bennethum, sixth grade, Smith Middle School; Varek Ludgate, sixth grade, Swift Middle School; and Wyatt Grove, third grade, Quarryville Elementary.

The students were nominated by their teachers. The honorees were recognized for their enthusiasm for learning, willingness to accept challenges, strong work ethic, interest in helping and supporting others, and involvement in school and community activities.


Kindergarten Registration Set January 9, 2019

Red Lion Area School District has opened kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year. Registration is available at, and registration for an appointment in March to complete the registration process and have children screened may be completed at

Students need to be age 5 by Aug. 31 to register for kindergarten. For more information, readers may contact Linda Wilkerson at 717-244-5550, ext. 7825, or


Students Attend Robotics Competition January 9, 2019

Thirteen Southern York County School District (SYCSD) students competed at a FIRST LEGO League robotics qualifying event at South River High School in Edgewater, Md., on Dec. 15. All SYCSD competitors are members of the Southern York County Robotics Club, a local community group founded in 2016.

The club sent two teams to the competition. The SYC Epic Ducks, consisting of Southern Elementary School and Southern Middle School students William Cowx, Patrick O'Brien, Audrey Reeves, Ryan Reeves, Nicholas Torregrossa, Lillian Wells, and Mason Wells, turned in a well-rounded showing in the three judged categories of robot design, core values, and research project presentation. They also did well in the robot performance scoring.

The SYC Cosmic Stars, consisting of Southern Elementary School students Tessa Foley, Elise Martin, Brady Parks, Marco Petricevic, Logan Trimble, and Mackenzie Turk, won first place for robot performance and first place for core values. They 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. 23.

FIRST LEGO League is an international engineering and robotic design competition for children in grades four through eight. For more information, readers may visit


Honor Society Collects Donations January 2, 2019


Hempfield Musicians Earn Honors December 27, 2018

Student musicians from Hempfield School District have been selected to represent the school at Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 7 events.

A total of 24 Hempfield School District students auditioned for PMEA District 7 Concert Band. The students each prepared scales and a difficult solo piece of music in order to undergo a competitive audition process. Eleven of the students were selected to participate in the PMEA District 7 Band Festival at Lancaster Mennonite High School at the end of January. At this festival, they will have to opportunity to audition for the Region Band.

Recognized students include Josephine Szczyrbak, 12th grade, flute; Morris Gelbart, 12th grade, clarinet; Joe Wolf, 12th grade, alto saxophone (first place); Ryan Zhang, 12th grade, tenor saxophone; Jonah Gelbart, eighth grade, trumpet; Noah Bennett, 12th grade, trumpet; Ethan Sellers, 12th grade, trumpet; Brayden Elfner, 11th grade, trumpet; Grace Rodman, 11th grade, French horn; Evan Long, 11th grade, baritone; and Sam Shuba, 12th grade, baritone.

Additionally, three Hempfield High School students have been selected to be part of the PMEA District 7 Orchestra. After competitive auditions on Dec. 2 at Eastern York High School, senior Michael Banks, double bass; junior Konrad Hurst, cello; and 10th-grader Daniel Geoghan, violin, earned their seats in the District 7 Orchestra. They will represent Hempfield High School in the District 7 Orchestra Festival at Cumberland Valley High School in January 2019. They are also eligible to earn a seat in the upcoming Central Region and All-State Orchestra Festivals.


Holiday Card Features Student Artwork December 27, 2018

The artwork of Solanco High School 12th-grader Tyler Allen was featured on the Solanco School District 2018 Christmas card. Tyler participated in the annual art competition among high school students to design the district's Christmas card. The title of his work is "Reunion."

At the Dec. 17 Solanco school board meeting, Solanco High School art teacher Candace Rakers presented Tyler to school board members and administrators. Superintendent Dr. Brian Bliss presented Tyler with a framed "first card out of the box." The Solanco Christmas card with Tyler's artwork was sent to every Solanco School District employee, school district superintendents in Lancaster and Lebanon counties, and businesses, organizations, and community members that work with and support Solanco throughout the year. The message inside read "Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a joyful holiday season."

Tyler is a member of the National Art Honor Society and has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work in the visual arts. This past summer, Tyler received a full scholarship to attend the Summer Intensive program at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. His rendering of the Robert Fulton Birthplace is featured in the 2019 Southern Lancaster County Historical Society calendar. His work has been exhibited at the Lancaster Museum of Art, the Demuth Museum, and Millersville University, with an expected exhibition in New York City in the spring.


Students Recognized For Good Deeds December 26, 2018

Two Lower Dauphin students were presented with Do the Right Thing recognition by Hummelstown Police and Lower Dauphin Communities That Care.

Carli Little, a senior at Lower Dauphin High School, was recognized for reporting a potentially dangerous situation to the school administration last year.

At Conewago Elementary School, fifth-grader Warren Rank was honored for helping a friend to the nurse's office when she was ill. He then returned to the classroom and helped pack up her books and homework to send home.

Each student was recognized with a gift card, T-shirt, certificate, and pizza coupon.

The Do the Right Thing program recognizes students in the Lower Dauphin community who have distinguished themselves through their accomplishments, attitude or outstanding efforts. Any adult over the age of 18 can nominate a child.

For more information, readers may contact Angela Durantine at


Penn's Grove Honors Students December 20, 2018


Foundation Receives Donation December 20, 2018

The Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation recently received a check for $5,000 from the PMSS Group Inc. The funds will be used to support foundation initiatives such as the educational classroom grant program, agribusiness program at the high school, and career and workforce readiness initiative. The donation was made as part of Pennsylvania's Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) Program, which helps businesses reduce their state tax liability by investing in their local community.

The foundation's mission is to secure funding and award monies to provide supplemental resources that will enrich and enhance teaching and learning in the Elizabethtown Area School District and help prepare students for the 21st century. Since 2009, the foundation has awarded more than $140,000 to the school district for innovation and unique educational programs in the classroom. In addition, the foundation raised more than $1 million for athletic field improvements and gives out more than $25,000 in student scholarships each year.

Individuals and businesses may support the Elizabethtown Area Education Foundation by making a donation. For more information, readers may contact Troy Portser at 717-367-1521 or


Student Musicians Receive Recognition December 20, 2018


Middle School Sets Honor Roll December 20, 2018

Palmyra Area Middle School has announced its distinguished honor roll for the first trimester of the 2018-19 school year.

Grade six honorees are Grayson Barger, Katherine Bixler, Jack Bruce, Alyse Bryan, Simmone Bucher, Madelyn Byers, Ava Cuzzolina, Maxwell Davis, Kameryn Dengler, Aditi Dhimal, Dahlia Dokmenler, Alyssa Ebersole, Jason Foutz, Madelyn Hoffman, Nathan Hoke, Grace Holwig, Katherine Isaykin, Carson Jablonski, Andrew Johnson, Macintyre Kishel, Emily Kukura, Elizabella Larsen, Brynn Leonard, Mackenzie Margut, Delaney Miller, Addison Miner, Annabelle Moore, Alyssa North, Abigail Nunez, Keeghan O'Rourke, Nial Ortiz, Matthew Ott, Cade Palmer, Jordan Palmer, Kenzie Poust, Sofie Price, Daniel Ray, Chase Reidmiller, Spencer Rhoads, Avery Rohrer, Rylee Sherwood, Ayden Sivik, Olivia Smith, Braeden Sommer, Connor Stouffer-Funck, Kristen Thai, Jadyn Wagers, Patrick Yap and Ethan Yorty.

Honorees in grade seven are Elizabeth Applegate, Andrew Bauer, Abby Berarducci, Keely Bowers, Mason Bucks, Mackenzi Clark, Jessica Cleveland, Morgan Courville, Ava Doss, Lauren Frazier, Nathan Geist, Amanda Gettle, Victor Gladysz, Laura Glasmire, Seth Granzow, Dylan Groff, Casey Heisey, Vance Hoffer, Shaylin Hoke, Abigail Keiner, Emelia Kerr, Cade Koyack, Elena Kreitzer, Quinn LaTour, Benjamin Leach, Matthew Leach, Leo Lu, Samantha Luft, Aidan Mahaffey, Tyler Mahaffey, Carmen McConaghy, Thomas McConnell, Logan Mierzwicki, Zachery Morrissey, Andrew Moss, Jazmyne Noland, Laura Nye, Talynn Ortiz, Ella Pascale, Austin Rinehart, Madeline Schoenbaum, Alannah Schwartz, Addisan Sholly, Emma Sibbach, Caleb Sitler, Anthony Swearingen, Dakota Thompson, Kaylee Thompson, Matthew Underwood, Hannah Valvo, Jake Vottero, Luke Vottero, Haley Wallaesa, Nolan Wasilefski, Nathan Werner, William Wolford, Abigail Yordy and Ashley Yordy.

Grade eight honorees are Olivia Appleby, Alicia Battistelli, Eli Becker, Benjamin Bell, Elijah Bistline, Aaron Braucher, Alaina Bryan, Nicole Burgess, Brock Burkholder, Olivia Butler, Ella Campisano, Jonathan Cornett, MaKenna Courville, Emily Cutman, Aiden Davis, Rachel Dewees, Rachel Dilger, Camryn Dusthimer, Taylor Eckert, Heavyn Forney, McKenzy Fry, Bailee Geary, Benjamin Gingrich, Madison Grinstead, Cali Halbleib, Keaira Haney, Michael Harris, Connor Hart, Katherine Hartman, Madison Henry, Madelin Hetrich, Natalie Isett, Logan Kane, Emily Kiefer, Ema Kipp, Olivia Kirkpatrick, Anthony Kline, Julia Klucinec, George Kotsalos, Megan Kreiser, Bridget Krikorian, Kathryn Kyper, Madalyn Leonard, Li Lin, Katelyn Ann Lintz, Kreider Lintz, Jenna Massar, Ayden McInerney, Emma McNamara, Grace Meson, Ahren Miller, Samantha Miller, Tyler Moody, Virak Nhim, Kyle Nicarry, Claire Norris, Monyca Oum, Nitya Patel, Pooja Patel, Kaitlyn Pavusek, Alivia Pitta, Courtney Poust, Jacob Rudy, Avery Russell, Morgan Salus, Nicole Snyder, Ana Soto, Liam Taraschi, Grayson Teets, Samuel Trujillo, Kaylie VanKirk, Madeline Wadel, Brady Ward, Margaret Webb, William Weber, Breanna Welch, Megan Winch, Lani Wise, Jack Wolfe and Elizabeth Zampedri.


School Holds Geography Bee December 20, 2018


Interact, EarlyAct Chapters Hold Ceremonies December 20, 2018

The Oxford Area High School chapter of Interact and the EarlyAct chapters at Penn's Grove and Hopewell Elementary schools recently held ceremonies to induct new members and install officers.

Interact and EarlyAct are sponsored by local Rotary Clubs through Rotary International and welcome students at all grade levels who are interested in serving their school and community. Each school year, members of Interact and EarlyAct plan and organize three projects to benefit their school, as well as the local and global communities.

EarlyAct and Interact members are selected on the basis of essays describing their interest in joining the club and commitment to community service. Officers are elected after delivering speeches on their leadership skills and ideas for the club to the full membership.

Oxford's Interact and EarlyAct chapters are sponsored locally by the Oxford Rotary Club. With the college-level Rotaract club at Lincoln University, Oxford Rotary sponsors chapters of all three youth community service clubs of Rotary International.


OAHS Holds Induction Ceremony December 19, 2018

Oxford Area High School (OAHS) recently held the first induction ceremony for its newly chartered chapter of the Science National Honor Society (SNHS).

Charter members of the OAHS chapter of the SNHS are seniors Katherine Anderson, Hannah Bartlett, Sarah Bartlett, Abigail Boohar, Matt Daveler, Abigail Harsh, Jacob Hewes, Noah Hewes, Colin Lilly, Alex Schoessler, Elizabeth Bailey, Jacob Tomasulo, and Finn Warren, along with juniors Josh Arnold, Kaitlyn Baker, Estevan Bedolla-Lara, Christian Blair, Amanda Branscome, Jordyn Chuy, Aleksandra Fetrow, Ekaterina Hampton, Leah Humphrey, Bailee Mallon, Jay Morton, Justin Neskie, Lisa Patel, Elena Roe, Saul Torres, juniors Christian Torres-Alcantar, Bruce Weiss, Zoe Zenker, Ashley Jones, and Thomas Repetz. Faculty advisers are Christina Peterson and John Zitarelli. Assistant principal Matthew Hovanec also participated in the ceremony.

SNHS was established in 2000 to engender a new group of young thinkers who will be the future of industry, research, and scientific exploration for America. There are currently 1,600 SNHS chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American schools around the world.


Kindergarten Registration Posted December 19, 2018

Lampeter-Strasburg School District children who will be age 5 by Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, are eligible to enter kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Registration packets will be mailed in January 2019 and will contain all of the materials needed to attend the Kindergarten Registration Roundup on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Registration materials are also available at Contact Deborah Yinger, student accounting secretary, with questions.


Penn Manor Introduces New Comet Man December 19, 2018

Penn Manor's official mascot has a new look for the first time in six years.

The athletic department recently unveiled a new Comet Man outfit, which features a large, tapered head that resembles a streaking comet, a bold Penn Manor chest logo, and oversized gold boots and gloves.

The costume is more durable, breathable, and comfortable than the old Comet Man gear, according to Penn Manor athletic director Jason Mattern.

The new Comet Man is believed to be the fourth variation to entertain fans at Penn Manor sporting events since the Comet mascot name emerged in the 1950s.

A Comet Man apparently first appeared in 1992 or 1993 and was redesigned for 1997. That version gave way to the Comet Critter in 2006, then reverted back to Comet Man, with a new design, in 2012.

That last costume was so worn out that when Mattern tried to get it cleaned, he was told it might not survive the process. Hence, he started the search for a new outfit.

Mattern contacted Hogtown Mascots of Toronto, and the company proposed two designs. The winning design was chosen by the Penn Manor community through a Twitter poll. It took about seven weeks for Hogtown to build the costume, which was unveiled at the Nov. 19 school board meeting.

Penn Manor sophomore Morgan Taylor is the student inside the new Comet Man. He was chosen following an audition process, along with an understudy who will fill in if Morgan is not available.

To serve as Comet Man, Mattern said, a student must be "reliable, energetic, coordinated, and dedicated to enhancing the athletic experience for our athletes and fans."

The new mascot will appear at athletic competitions, senior nights, middle school recruitment events, athlete signing days, pep rallies, and other Penn Manor events.


Eighth-Grader Wins Geography Bee December 19, 2018

In the fifth tiebreaker round, Lower Dauphin Middle School (LDMS) eighth-grader Toby Waters' knowledge of Iceland proved to be the difference in winning the school's annual Geography Bee. In doing so, he became the third LDMS student to win the bee in back-to-back years and the fourth two-time winner.

Toby and second-place finisher Rudy Anthony, a fellow eighth-grader, were tied after the three championship questions and needed five rounds of sudden victory questions to determine a champion. Seventh-grader Annabell Riordan was third. Toby, Rudy, and Annabell were declared the top three finishers after a series of six rounds with a field of seven finalists.

The bee started with 20 contestants who answered seven rounds of questions on topics ranging from states and continents to physical and historical geography.

Toby will take a written exam later in the school year for a chance to represent the school at the state geography bee on Friday, March 29.

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