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Students Compete In Science, Engineering Fair March 22, 2019

Students at St. Joan of Arc School in Hershey recently participated in the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair (CASEF).

In the Medicine and Health category, Juliana Silber won first place and a category award.

Winners in the Physical Science category included Mia Seaton, second place; Kelly Mosier, second place; Andi Samson, second place; Alexis Kain, second place; Matthew Waning, first place; and Ella Hession, first place.

Juliana also won Special Awards from Dauphin County Medical Society Alliance and from Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Competition.


Dayspring To Present "My Fair Lady" March 21, 2019

Dayspring Christian Academy, 120 College Ave., Mountville, will present a pilot school edition of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" as its 2019 upper school spring musical. The show will be performed on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The show is being presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady," based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," centers around a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle. Due to her poor accent, Eliza enlists the help of a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who believes he can teach any woman to speak so properly she could be mistaken for a duchess. Eliza hopes she will sound more like a lady in order to work in a flower shop. The musical highlights the comedic yet complex relationship between Eliza and Henry as they form an unlikely friendship.

According to the school, "My Fair Lady" offers insight on the struggle of finding one's identity, the power of words, and transformation.

"It is a musical about words," noted director Joanne Kroll. "They have power - what we say, how we say it, and what actions are behind them. Words can bring life or death.

"It is also about transformation," Kroll continued. "If the characters in the show can be transformed, there is grace and hope for us all to be transformed by God when we allow Him."

"My Fair Lady" features a cast of 28 students from sixth through 12th grades, including Spencer Esh as Henry Higgins, Areanna Kroll as Eliza Doolittle, Cameron MacKilligan as Col. Pickering, Noah Sierocinski as Alfred Doolittle, Zoe Martin as Mrs. Pearce, and Jackson Stone as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.

Tickets for the musical are available at or by calling 717-285-2000.


La Academia Receives Donation March 20, 2019

La Academia Partnership Charter School (LAPCS) recently received an Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) donation of $10,000 from PeoplesBank. The funds will go toward the school's Early College/Dual Enrollment Program, which provides access to postsecondary education experiences for La Academia students. Many of the students have enrolled and selected courses from local higher education institutions, including Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. Through the EITC program, the funds support college tuition, materials, books, transportation, and technology fees.

La Academia's Career Readiness Program is intended to help students achieve their goals by equipping them with the skills they need for employment. The program involves introducing students to multiple success pathways by exposing them to career options and work-based learning experiences and by linking academic achievement with college and career readiness standards. In addition to the Early College/Dual Enrollment Program, the Career Readiness Program includes college and technical school visits, job shadowing, cultural and historical excursions, and two Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

La Academia is a public charter school with an enrollment of 220 students in sixth through 12th grades. For more information, readers may visit,, or


School Announces Changes March 20, 2019

More than four years ago, Lancaster Mennonite (LM) School and Hershey Christian School entered into negotiations and a planning process for LM to acquire Hershey Christian. The enrollment at the Hershey campus of LM has been tenuous since the acquisition. After four years of operation, the LM board of directors, finance committee and administration unanimously agreed that sustainability of the Hershey campus of LM is no longer viable due to enrollment decline.

LM has experienced enrollment decline for more than 10 years and is in the process of creating a sustainable financial model for the future. LM will be transitioning two campuses. Kraybill will operate independently as of Monday, July 1, and Hershey will close at the end of the 2018-19 school year. LM will also reduce staff at other campuses. This consolidation effort reduces the amount of square footage maintained compared to student enrollment numbers.

The model for the future includes an endowment that creates a foundation for New Danville (ND), Locust Grove (LG), Lancaster Mennonite Middle School (LMMS), and Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMH). The current cash endowment is $9 million, with an additional $3 million in non-school properties. Endowment reserves remain strong and in place, preserving ND, LG, LMMS, and LMH campuses. Each campus is moving toward a stronger independent financial health position, yet remaining part of the larger LM system.

LM is implementing a science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) focus system-wide. On the elementary level, MakerSpaces are part of ND and will be part of the LG campus curricula in the 2019-20 academic year. MakerSpaces provide students the opportunity to solve real-world problems with 21st-century skills, demonstrating critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

LMMS offers a project-based learning (PBL) curriculum model that also engages seventh- and eighth-graders with four core themes each year. Again, this model is designed to solve current-day issues with a 21st-century skill set. The PBL model is in its fourth year of operation and is meant to allow students to transition into LMH with a new mindset on how to approach more advanced high school material and thrive in the real world.


School Holds Vocations Day March 19, 2019

Saint Leo the Great School celebrated its biannual Vocations Day on Feb. 15. A total of 13 priests, sisters, and deacons from local area churches and beyond came to visit students, sharing their vocations stories and providing a glimpse into the life of a nun or a priest. Each guest rotated through different classrooms explaining what formation means. Students asked many questions.

Sister Mary Faithful Virgin from Bloomberg explained to second-graders the steps and stages of the vocation process, impressing on them the importance of learning and praying. Father John Kuchinski, an alumnus of Saint Leo School, made the trip from Gettysburg to support Vocations Day.

In addition to talking with the children, guests joined the faculty for a luncheon followed by praise and worship led by youth ministers Beth and John Christensen.

Vocations Day is an event planned by the members of the school's Spiritual Life Committee. The event is funded by donations from school families and supported by the work of parish and school volunteers.


Montessori Open House Scheduled March 19, 2019

The Montessori Children's House of York, 3417 E. Market St., York, will host an open house on Sunday, April 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. for those wishing to learn more about Montessori education.

For more information, readers may email, call 717-757-1331 or visit


Young Artists Receive Recognition March 18, 2019


Principal Announces Retirement March 15, 2019

Resurrection Catholic School principal Brenda Weaver has announced her retirement after 45 years in Catholic education.

A Lancaster native, Weaver attended St. Anne School and Lancaster Catholic High School before choosing education as a career.

Weaver earned a bachelor's degree from York College in 1973 and a master's degree in education from Millersville University in 1977. She began teaching at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata. In 29 years there, she taught third, fourth, and fifth grades, as well as sixth-grade language arts and second-grade religion.

She remembers teaching social studies and math, and she also recalls happy days like when she and students celebrated Thanksgiving feasts with hot dogs and other days like the time she sat on the floor in the hallway with a child who needed to be held.

When she moved into school administration, she embraced the chance to work in Lancaster city. She served two years as assistant principal at Resurrection and took over as principal after the incumbent died suddenly. She has been principal at the school for 14 years.


Manheim Central Lunch Crew Supports Kraybill Program March 14, 2019

Around noon on a recent Tuesday, seventh- and eighth-graders at Kraybill Mennonite School walked into the multipurpose room at the school, stopping at a long table to pick up a hot lunch.

Standing behind the table were members of the "lunch crew" from Manheim Central High School. Clad in aprons, hats and food service gloves, they spooned up pasta, mixed vegetables and watermelon onto the students' plates.

On this day, the lunch and cleanup crew consisted of five special-needs students in Manheim Central's life skills support class who are learning the real-world skills needed in food service work. Led by teacher Gail Troutman and accompanied by aides and an occupational therapist, this class, with a total of eight students, visits Kraybill on Mondays and Tuesdays.

On Wednesdays or Thursdays, students in Manheim Central's Intro to School to Work class, led by teacher Kim Hatfield, serve lunch at Kraybill. Kraybill parents volunteer for lunch duty on the remaining two days.

A food vendor delivers the food to the school, which does not have a cafeteria. After students are handed their lunch plates, they return to their classrooms to eat.

The cooperative project between Manheim Central's special education program and Kraybill, a private Christian school in Mount Joy, began last fall, when Kraybill began serving hot lunches to its 120 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade.

Both Troutman and Kraybill's principal, M.J. Smith, described the public-private partnership as a "win-win" situation that benefits both the special-needs and Kraybill students.

According to Smith and Sarah Schaefer, a Kraybill parent and board member, Kraybill's board decided to begin the hot-lunch program as part of the transition to becoming independent from the Lancaster Mennonite School organization. The plan is to keep the school open despite decreased enrollment.

Other incentives, such as lowering tuition rates and adding Spanish instruction and before-school child care, have helped reverse that trend, Smith and Schaefer said.

Kraybill will become fully independent on Monday, July 1, which is also the start of the school's 70th year, Smith pointed out.

"It's been a vital part of the community. It's the center of life for many people. They just have great memories of being here," she said.

The school never had a hot-lunch program before. "We wanted to provide that option," said Smith.

As the possible lunch program was being discussed, Schaefer, who is supervisor of pupil services for the Cornwall-Lebanon School District, suggested that special-needs students could be of help while also getting some much-needed work experience.

Local districts were contacted, and Manheim Central was able to sign on.

In addition to serving the food, the Manheim Central students count and wrap silverware in napkins based on how many students sign up for a hot lunch on any given day. On a recent Tuesday, student Isaiah Collins busied himself at a chalkboard, recording the count for each class.

Student Dustin Martin said he enjoys wrapping up the utensils. Kayla Boyer likes doing the dishes. After finishing their own lunches, Kayla and Isaiah, accompanied by paraeducator Amy Dissinger and personal care assistant Karen Beck, collected bins of dishes and took them to the kitchen to be cleaned off and loaded into dishwashers, with Dustin joining them for that task.

Troutman pointed out that Kayla had the chance to do dishwashing work at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. "The skills that she's been learning here are opening her to some other opportunities," Troutman said.

While Troutman's students may not have the same communication skills as other students, she has seen them grow socially through their interaction with the Kraybill students. It's like "welcoming a friend that we see every Monday and Tuesday," she added.

At Christmastime, the Kraybill students made a big thank-you poster for the Manheim students, which hangs in their classroom.

As Troutman put it, "It's now stretched our community to include (people) outside of our own school."


Futures Games Events Slated March 13, 2019

York Catholic High School, 601 E. Springettsbury Ave., York, will host students in grades one through six at Futures Games. Students will spend time with the varsity players and coaches, listen the coach's pregame instruction, participate in team prayer, cheer on the team, and pose with players for a picture.

Several Futures Games events are scheduled. Students should arrive by 3:45 p.m. Events include boys' tennis on Wednesday, April 3; boys' lacrosse on Wednesday, April 10; girls' lacrosse on Tuesday, April 23; baseball on Wednesday, May 1; and softball on May 1.

For more information, readers may contact Dustin Boeckel at


YCHS To Accept Applications March 13, 2019

York Catholic High School (YCHS), 601 E. Springettsbury Ave., York, will accept applications for students entering grades seven through 11 for the 2019-20 school year. Last year's graduating class earned more than $11 million in college scholarships with 74 percent of the class receiving scholarships. This class continued the tradition of scoring above the national and state averages on the SAT and was among the top scoring schools in York County.

York Catholic aims to help develop students' character. Guided by the pillars of faith, mind, heart, and family, York Catholic strives to inspire students to achieve success in college, their careers, and life.

For more information or a tour, readers may contact Heather Hoffman, director of admissions, at 717-846-8871, ext. 220, or


CYO All-Star Game Held March 12, 2019

The inaugural Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) All-Star game was held on March 9 in Oxford at Sacred Heart School. The game featured 40 of the top seventh- and eighth-grade basketball players in Chester County. The event raised more than $300 for Coaches vs. Cancer.

The game was a back-and-forth affair that came down to the last second, with the Blue team defeating White team 83-82. The MVP of the game was Aidan Dearing, Sacred Heart, and the defensive MVP was Liam Horan of St. Maximillian Kolbe School, West Chester.

The game featured a three-point contest featuring 12 of the best shooters in league play. The winner was Tommy Manning of Saints Simon and Jude School, West Chester; second place was Danny Hankee of Saints Philip and James, Exton; and third place was Wesley Clinton of Sacred Heart.

Coaches of the event were Dan Clinton from Sacred Heart and Tim Heckman from Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABVM) School, West Grove, for the Blue team and Ryan Todd from St. Elizabeth Parish School, Chester Springs, and Bryan Wilcox of Saints Peter and Paul School, West Chester, for the White team.


Students Of The Quarter Honored March 7, 2019

Lancaster Catholic High School ninth-grader Vivian Klemmer, 10th-grader Ella Cassidy, 11th-grader Melanie Krady, and 12th-grader Alison Stauffer were named the Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Students of the Second Quarter. They were honored for their school and community activities, leadership, and academic achievements.

Vivian's favorite subjects are algebra 2 and world history. She plays lacrosse, basketball, and field hockey, and she is a member of the garden club. She also plays the French horn and viola in the brass and string ensembles and the pit orchestra. Vivian is a member of quiz bowl and is an altar server.

Ella's favorite subjects are Advanced Placement U.S. history and precalculus. She plays the piano, marimba, and drums, and she participates in the marching band, jazz band, and percussion ensemble, as well as the orchestra for the school musical. Ella is involved in quiz bowl and dance class. She volunteers at Our Mother of Perpetual Help Church's vacation Bible school.

Melanie's favorite subjects are math, biology and chemistry. She plays softball, and she is a member of National Honor Society, Future Medical Leaders of America, varsity club, National Spanish Honor Society and the Aevidum student suicide awareness club. She participates in Mini-THON. Melanie also volunteers at Milanof-Schock Library and is an ambassador to the Hugh O'Brien Youth World Leadership Congress.

Alison's favorite subject is English. She plays soccer and is a member of the swim team. Alison is president of Future Medical Leaders of America and a member of the prom committee, Aevidum club, and Women in Business club. She also volunteers at Lancaster General Hospital, Greystone Manor, and Landis Homes. Alison is a dual enrollment, full-time student at the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences.

Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. at the Lancaster Country Club on New Holland Pike, Lancaster. New members are welcome. For more information, readers may visit


Science Fair Winners Announced March 5, 2019

St. Anne School recently held its annual Science Fair. All seventh- and eighth-grade students conducted scientific experiments using the scientific method and presented their findings to local judges. The winners are scheduled to compete in the North Museum Science and Engineering Fair on Thursday, March 14.

Winners in the consumer science category included Maria Smith, first, "I've Heard That Before"; Will Scott, second, "An Environmental and Consumer Analysis of Various Battery Types"; and Anastasia Schlegelmilch, third, "Ouch! A Headache!" In the life science category, winners were Rebekah Citsay, first, "The Effect of Town Pollutants on Stream Health"; Paige Olmsted, second, "The Effect of Roots on Soil Erosion"; Alison Brewer, third, "Fertilizer: Friend or Foe?"; and Ryan Haefner, Honorable Mention, "So Long, Soil!"

In the engineering category, winners were Joe Carosella, first, "Keeping It Cool: Different Cooling Methods on Motor Temperature"; Nick Cropper, second, "Keep It Cool!"; and Caleb Pletcher, third, "Plant Battery." In the life science category, winners included Catherine Rebek, first, "Gel Electrophoresis of DNA"; Tiffany Alongi, second, "The Effect of Liquids vs. Enzymes on Egg Whites"; and Noah Singer, third, "Who's the Boss? Gray Squirrel Dominance Behaviors." In the physical science - physics and chemistry category, winners were Connor Box, first, "Hot Pots"; Joe Favilla, second, "Red Hot Repellant"; and Crew Wells, third, "Backyard Heat Treating."

Winners in the plant science category included Katie Kelly, first, "At Your Own Risk: The Effect of Hydrocarbons on Elodea Densa"; Anna Kiefer, second, "Herbicides: Natural vs. Synthetic"; Caidyn Leed, third, "The Effect of Chemicals on a Spider Plant"; and Tyler Nguyen, honorable mention, "Fast Growing Plants: Hydroponics vs. Soil."

Overall Best in Show awards went to Catherine Rebek, first; Joe Carosella, second; and Will Scott and Maria Smith, third.


Preschool Registration Opens March 5, 2019

St. Luke Preschool, 2666 Furnace Road, Felton (New Bridgeville), is accepting registrations for the 2019-20 school year. The program for 3-year-olds is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. or 12:15 to 2:15 p.m., and the program for 4-year-olds is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:15 to 2:45 p.m.

The school strives to support the healthy development and growth of children, and it offers many hands-on activities. More information can be obtained by emailing or calling 717-927-8411.


Students Help SYC Pantry March 5, 2019


Logos Academy Posts Change March 4, 2019

Logos Academy, a kindergarten through 12th-grade, accredited, independent school located in York city, recently announced the appointment of Lisa Amspacher Work as assistant head of school. Work joins Logos Academy with more than 29 years of education experience in the roles of teacher and administrator in both public and independent schools.

Work has a Bachelor of Arts degree in crosscultural studies from Nyack College, Nyack, N.Y.; a Master of Education in mathematics from North Georgia College, Dahlonega, Ga.; and a principal's certification from Drexel University, Philadelphia. She currently serves on the board of Keystone Kidspace and is a member of the Women's Giving Circle of York. She is also an alumna of the first class of Leadership York's Leadership for Diverse Schools program and served on the education committee for three years following her completion of the leadership program.

At Logos Acadmy, Work will seek to cultivate leadership and personal growth among faculty, support strategic initiatives for the kindergarten through 12th-grade curriculum, and lead the school in maintaining its Middle States Accreditation. For more information, readers may contact Katie Pershing at 717-848-9835, ext. 131, or


Students Win Writing Contest March 1, 2019


Preschool Sets Registration March 1, 2019

Mount Nebo UMC Preschool is now accepting registrations for the 2019-20 school year. The preschool has been serving the community for 39 years and is located at Mount Nebo United Methodist Church (UMC), 673 Martic Heights Drive, Pequea. It seeks to provide an early-childhood education program designed to assist in the intellectual, social, physical and emotional development of children in a nurturing Christian environment.

Three-year-olds meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., and 4-year-olds meet on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

To receive registration information, readers may contact the church office at 717-284-4331 or


MHS Students Win Statewide Competition February 28, 2019

Sixty students from nine high schools won top honors in culinary and management categories at the fifth annual Pennsylvania ProStart Competition hosted by PRLA, the statewide association that strives to promote, protect, educate, and improve the hospitality and tourism industries. High school students from Milton Hershey School (MHS) were among the winners at the statewide competition, which was held on Feb. 27 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel. The first-place winners in each category will advance to the National ProStart Student Invitational in Washington, D.C.

Competition results for 2019 management category included Milton Hershey School winning first place, with Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center of New Stanton taking second and Central PA Institute of Science & Technology in Bellefonte finishing third.

The Milton Hershey School's winning management concept was "Good to Go," a mobile app-based fresh and healthy food concept for airport travelers. The concept would allow air travelers to refuel with healthy, energy-boosting, and nutritious smoothies, quinoa bowls, and salads that they can order via the app for gate-side delivery.

Milton Hershey School also won top honors in the 2019 culinary category, while Crawford County Career & Technical Center of Meadville came in second and Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center placed third.

The winning three-course meal prepared by Milton Hershey School consisted of a smoked tomato salad served in toasted tomato basil bread appetizer, seared venison loin finished with raspberry port wine sauce as the entree, and a blushing apple tart for dessert.

Teams from Milton Hershey School will represent Pennsylvania at the National ProStart Student Invitational, which will be held on Wednesday to Friday, May 8 to 10, in Washington, D.C. More than 400 students from schools and vocational centers across the country will compete to win more than a combined $1 million in scholarships, awarded to the top five teams.

ProStart is a nationally accredited two-year program for high school students to create the next generation of hospitality industry leaders. With programs that foster skills ranging from culinary technique to management abilities, ProStart's curriculum is designed to offer real-life experience opportunities and create a foundation of useful skills. Additional information is available at

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