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LAMS Goes To High School November 12, 2018

When Lititz Area Mennonite School (LAMS) student Tanner Martin was finishing eighth grade last school year, he was not sure where he would be going to school the next year. "My parents were debating whether I should be homeschooled or go to (another Christian school with a high school program)," said Martin.

Fortunately for Martin and his parents, LAMS unveiled a new nontraditional high school program, and Martin became one of five freshmen to enroll in the first session, which began in August. The new program, which is called LAMS Collaborative Academy, focuses on preparing students to lead purposeful Christian lives in the future.

According to LAMS high school director Lynelle Kreider, the program and the number of student allows for a personalized curriculum. "You get to be like a family, and it's a very comfortable atmosphere," explained Kreider. "Yet we want to make sure we are constantly raising the bar with our expectations to make sure they are well prepared for whatever they might face (in the future)."

Required courses, which students complete online, cover English, math, science, and social studies. A required Bible course is taught by an outside expert who visits the school to give an in-person class. A variety of elective courses - both online and in person - are also offered for students to select from. "One of our students is enjoying an online engineering course," said Kreider. "But then also we have an art studio course taught in person."

Some electives are treated as group projects. "We will offer a drama elective where they will write, produce, and perform an original drama this spring," said Kreider. "We also have our collaborative project course where they work as a group." Presently students are designing an ad campaign for a fictional fast food company. "We're looking into how messages are sent and how people communicate ... and (we're learning) collaboration skills - how to work as a team," Kreider explained.

Helping the students receive information and experiences that will help them make wise career choices will involve taking them into the community in a variety of ways. "One goal is to do internships," said Kreider. "We have a job shadowing program this year." Kreider added that the curriculum can be customized to fit a student's goals. "We connect with local businesses and organizations to help prepare them with the skills ... they need to be successful in the workplace or in college," she said.

Students will also have chances to perform volunteer work. "We have a service learning component that will get them out to the nonprofit organizations. So they can see our community organizations as potential career choices," said Kreider.

The program will be designed to help students complete core classes as underclassmen so they can explore further education or other career options during their senior year. "The goal is to be able to offer college courses, internships, or CTC training in the senior year," said Kreider. "If they want to enroll in community college courses, they can get those credits before they graduate."

Martin, whose career interests lean toward flying planes or racing cars, said that he is hoping to job shadow a friend's father who is a Learjet pilot. In the meantime, he is enjoying taking a digital arts elective.

Fellow freshman Alexis Weitzel, who wants to become a teacher, has already job shadowed a kindergarten teacher at Lititz Elementary School. She noted that her LAMS classes are helping her to build a foundation for teaching. Weitzel is in her fourth year of studying Spanish, and she is taking an in-person art elective with a LAMS teacher that will focus on media she enjoys working in, including painting and pottery.

Kreider noted that other students are leaning toward engineering, acting, and hands-on trades as future employment choices. "I feel that each one of them is getting something unique to them from the program to prepare them for a career," she said.

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School Marks 100 Years November 9, 2018

During November, the Milton Hershey School community has been celebrating the 100 years since its founder, Milton Hershey, gifted his fortune to the school. The school has more than 2,000 current students.

Celebration of the milestone included a special weeklong schoolwide emphasis honoring the school's founders, a Founders Feast at the Hershey Lodge, and a Founders Day assembly at the Hershey Theatre.


OMPH Students Celebrate Saints November 8, 2018

On All Saints' Day, Nov. 1, fourth-grade students at Our Mother of Perpetual Help School (OMPH) remembered the saints who have gone before them with a special presentation for the school community and families.

Under the direction of teacher Theresa Chanko, each student chose and researched the life of a saint. Students then dressed in costumes and told the stories of the saints' lives to their schoolmates. The presentations provided historical facts about the saints and offered insight into the lives of the saints. Saints chosen by students this year included St. Nicholas Charnetsky, St. Josephine Bakhita, St. Leopold Mandic, and St. Dorothy of Caesarea.

For more information about OMPH, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit


OMPH Holds Junior Achievment Day November 8, 2018

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School (OMPH) welcomed volunteers from Junior Achievement on Oct. 26. The volunteers taught students about financial responsibility.

Business professionals from banks and a produce distributor, along with community volunteers, introduced the students to financial literacy through hands-on activities and a capstone experience. Each grade-level program was designed to support student learning by helping participants understand business and economics as well as develop communication skills that are essential to success in the business world.

OMPH School welcomes children from local Catholic churches, as well as interested members of the general community. The school is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools. For more information, readers may call 717-738-2414 or visit


Students Give Up Smartphones November 8, 2018

Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMHS) students were recently challenged to go 48 hours without using their smartphones or social media accounts.

Jimm and Kaylene Derksen, chapel speakers for LMS's Commitment Week from Oct. 16 to 19, focused on the theme "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly, and the Beautiful" over four different sessions. They highlighted the kinds of disconnection from God and other people that one can experience, sometimes resulting from smartphone addiction.

The Derksens are both certified soul care providers and also staff members at Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM). Jimm is a personnel placement coach and Kaylene is the development director.

One of EMM's three core values is well-being. EMM seeks to improve the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of its workers and those whom they serve around the world, as well as stakeholders. Lancaster Mennonite School students are among those whose well-being EMM seeks to enhance.

Students were encouraged to fill their smartphone voids by journaling about what they noticed. One student observed a woman sitting on a bench next to her making a scarf. The student was inspired to make a scarf as a result of stopping to notice the woman next to her. In her own way, not being on her phone helped her enter into creativity.

Other students shared about how they had a greater sense of respect and appreciation for people around them as a result of disconnecting from their smartphones. A common observation among the students and staff members who took on the challenge was that they had more time due to not using their smartphones or social media accounts.

The goal was not just to disconnect from technology, but to also use the time as an opportunity for students to reconnect with their communities. Focusing on how disconnection from others can eventually lead to dehumanization, the Derksens addressed human rights crises in places like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Myanmar, and Syria.

As the 550 students exited the auditorium after the last session, teachers stood at the doorways with bowls of chocolate truffles. Each student was handed a truffle and sent off with the statement "You are a gift."

Lancaster Mennonite School holds chapel services four times per week at its Lancaster Campus.


School Creates Sensory Oasis November 7, 2018

Sacred Heart School in Lancaster has created a quiet space for students to recharge during the day. The sensory oasis is a multisensory environment that is a dedicated space combining therapeutic and educational stimuli to help students develop, calm and engage their senses.

Materials are selected to match students' wide range of ages, interests and abilities. Items focus on lights, colors, sounds, movements, textures and aromas. The goal is to allow students to explore, interact with, calm or stimulate their senses in a safe environment.


School Honors Young Artists November 7, 2018


Soccer Team Wins Championship November 7, 2018

On Nov. 3, the Villa Maria Academy Lower School varsity soccer team won its game 1-0 over St. Maximilian Kolbe School. The win marks the repeat title as Region 17 CYO Champions for Villa Maria, the No. 1 seeded team for the AOP championship tournament. The team was scheduled to play on Nov. 11 at Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast Catholic High School.

Villa Maria Academy aims to empower young women through leadership and service in the IHM tradition.


Students Hold Fundraiser Contest November 6, 2018


Service Project Benefits The Pet Pantry November 6, 2018

During the month of October, St. Anne School students collected toys, treats, leashes, bowls, and cat food and dog food to donate to the Pet Pantry of Lancaster County. The Pet Pantry offers assistance to families and animals in the community through the operation of a pet food bank program; sponsorship of low-cost spay, neuter, and vaccination programs; and support of animal rescue through the organization's adoption program. The St. Anne students chose to help the Pet Pantry in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, whose feast day is Oct. 4.

St. Anne School encourages its students to model Jesus every day in their service to others both within the school and beyond its walls. Each month, a different service project is designated to educate the students about people in the community who could benefit from their service. Other service projects have focused on donations of food and cards for the St. Anne School Brown Bag Lunch Program, scarves and gloves for students in the School District of Lancaster, and valentine greetings for veterans.


Girls On The Run Team Trains For 5K November 6, 2018


LMS Campuses Post Open Houses November 1, 2018

Lancaster Mennonite School (LMS) has posted open houses at its campuses. Members of the public are invited.

The Locust Grove Campus, 2257 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, will hold an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 7. Attendees may observe classes in session from 9 to 11 a.m., and they may meet the teachers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both time frames will include tours. The campus, which educates prekindergarten through eighth-grade students, offers a Spanish Immersion track and a traditional track.

The Hershey Campus, 1525 Sand Hill Road, Hummelstown, will host an open house on Thursday, Nov. 8. Attendees may observe classes in session from 9 to 11 a.m., and they may meet the teachers from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tours will be available during both time frames. The campus, which educates students from prekindergarten through 12th grade, features a new Learning Hub and Makerspace, Robotics Club, and StEm.

LMS schools are focused on music and arts and aim to cultivate peacebuilding, service learning, global perspective, and community engagement. International students from more than 30 countries have attended. LMS is accredited by the AdvancEd and the Mennonite Education Agency.

For more information or to register for either open house, readers may call 717-740-2429 or visit Readers may also contact Christy at or the previously mentioned phone number, follow lmblazers on Instagram, or visit


"Rock The Church" Event Scheduled November 1, 2018

"Rock the Church Lights Up Christmas" will be presented on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 501 E. Orange St., Lancaster. The event will feature local musician Liz Fulmer, the ensembles from St. Anthony of Padua and San Juan Bautista churches, and Resurrection Catholic School's student choir, the Singing Saints. The concert will be the fourth iteration of the event featuring music groups from city churches.

Fulmer, worship and pastoral assistant at Grandview United Methodist Church, grew up Catholic and her love of music came early. She has released three CDs.

The St. Anthony group plays a wide spectrum of music, from chants to up-tempo, contemporary gospel music. The San Juan Bautista musicians blend English and Spanish hymns and contemporary Christian pieces.

Rock the Church was named in 2015, its inaugural year, when Resurrection Catholic School's theme was "Resurrection Rocks." The event will be free, though donations may be offered. For more information, readers may call 717-392-3083 or visit


Students Collect Food Donations November 1, 2018


Students Attend Animal Program November 1, 2018


School Plans Open House November 1, 2018

Lancaster Country Day School, 725 Hamilton Road, Lancaster, will hold an open house for prospective students and their families at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. The open house will include opening remarks from head of school Steve Lisk, a question-and-answer session with a panel of students and teachers, an interactive tour of the campus, and remarks from the heads of the Lower, Middle and Upper schools. School representatives will speak about the benefits of individualized instruction and engaging student-teacher relationships.

Reservations are requested. To make reservations, readers may call 717-392-1942 or visit

Lancaster Country Day School is an independent, coed, college preparatory school that serves students from preschool through 12th grade from a five-county region.


School To Launch Capital Campaign October 31, 2018

York Catholic High School is set to launch a "Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow" capital campaign designed to provide resources for needed renovations and improvements to the high school with a focus on academic, student life, and extracurricular experiences.

The goal is to raise a total of $8 million over three to five years, which will allow for two separate phases of renovation. Among the projects targeted in Phase I will be renovated classrooms with facility-wide air conditioning, upgrades and modernization to science labs and science lecture rooms, and facility-wide safety enhancements, including an elevator. Phase I will also include the creation of a new Student and Media Center, which will also house a College and Career Readiness Center, a student center, a renovated chapel, and an upgraded lobby. The school will also install a turf athletic field that will be used by 12 athletic teams.

The original timeframe for the campaign has shifted, however, as unexpected foundational and lead gifts have already generated $5 million prior to the launch of the campaign. With a projected cost of between $4 million and $4.5 million needed to complete Phase I, plans are already underway to upgrade classrooms, including air conditioning, and to install the turf field by the 2019-20 school year.

As a result of the funds already in place, the "Grow Today, Impact Tomorrow" campaign will focus efforts on raising the remaining money so that the goals of Phase II of the campaign can be realized. One goal is the conversion and modernization of the Brady Science Wing that serves seventh- and eighth-grade students, including air-conditioned classrooms, science labs, a central office, additional restrooms, and safety upgrades. Other goals for Phase II include home and guest grandstands at the new turf field, along with a concession stand, restrooms, and locker rooms at the athletic field.

If the campaign is successful, it will give York Catholic the capacity to increase enrollment from its current 618 students by 20 students per year over a five-year period and lead to the hiring of additional full-time staff as well.


LCDS Honors Alumni Athletes October 25, 2018

Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) inducted Nicolas Accomando of the Class of 2000 and Jacqueline Smith of the Class of 2003 into its Athletic Hall of Honor on Oct. 12. The pair was honored at a ceremony and reception at the school.

Accomando was a four-year letter winner in soccer, basketball, and tennis, who went on to compete in soccer at Ithaca College. In 1998, Accomando won the school's Tennis Singles Award. The following year, he added the Doubles Award, won the Defensive Player Award in basketball, and was named soccer MVP. In his senior year, Accomando was named captain and MVP of the soccer, basketball, and tennis squads, and he won the PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award, the first time the prize was awarded.

Smith earned 12 varsity letters in four years playing field hockey, basketball, softball, and lacrosse, and she went on to play rugby for four years at Bates College. As a freshman, she helped lead the field hockey squad to an SIAC League championship, a feat she repeated in her senior year. Twice named field hockey MVP, Smith also won awards as defensive player of the year in field hockey and lacrosse, and she was voted captain of the field hockey, lacrosse, and basketball teams her senior year. That year, she also earned the Female Athlete of the Year Award.


York Catholic To Host Events October 24, 2018

York Catholic High School, 601 E. Springettsbury Ave., York, will host two upcoming events. For more information on either, readers may call 717-846-8871 or visit

The York Catholic Athletic Association will host "A Night at the Races" on Saturday, Nov. 10. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with race post time at 6:15 p.m. The event will include eight simulcast horse races, a silent auction, and all-you-can-eat catered food and beverages. Tickets are on sale for a set cost through Friday, Nov. 2, by visiting the website. Dress will be casual, and the event is for those age 21 or older.

York Catholic students will present "You Can't Take It With You" on Friday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door at separate set costs for adults, senior citizens and children under 12, with a family maximum cost.


Linden Hall Will Host Open House October 18, 2018

Linden Hall College Preparatory School for Girls, 212 E. Main St., Lititz, will host an open house and campus tours for prospective students and their families from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11. Following the open house, Monday, Nov. 12, will be Student Visit Day, when prospective students in grade five and up can spend a day at Linden Hall with a current student, attend classes and lunch, and see what the school is like on a typical day.

Those planning to attend these events should preregister at Families unable to attend may schedule a campus visit by emailing or calling 717-626-8512. Additional information about Linden Hall is available at

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