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Summer Camp Program Offered July 11, 2018

La Academia: The Partnership Charter School announces a free summer program for students in grades six through 12.

"Stronger, Smarter, Better" focuses on academic enrichment and character development. Through hands-on, engaging activities and games, the program will provide opportunities for personal growth and discovery of talents and interests. Activities will include regional field trips and guest presenters.

The program is held on Mondays through Thursdays from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. It will continue through Thursday. Aug. 2. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no charge.

To register, readers may email Tim Riggs at or call 717-295-7763. For more information, readers may visit or


School Offers Summer Reading, Math Program July 11, 2018

Three teachers at Resurrection Catholic School have joined forces to offer a Summer Slide Prevention Program for kindergarten through fifth grade students to prevent loss of reading and math skills during summertime. The program began on July 10 and will continue through Thursday, Aug. 2. Phonics, decoding, vocabulary, comprehension and some math instruction will be offered, and children will work in small groups.

The program will be voluntarily taught by Alane Klepper, instructional support specialist; Jenny Shmidheiser, reading specialist, math instructor, and special education specialist; and Anne Hull, first-grade teacher. Based on parent feedback, they may expand the program next summer.

According to Shmidheiser, students need 20 minutes per day of reading to maintain proficiency and to enable them to enter the upcoming school year without needing to relearn. Some Resurrection families are not native English speakers, but the teachers encourage parents to read with their children because parent participation is key to academic achievement.

For more information about the school, readers may call 717-392-3083 or visit


Preschool, Kindergarten Classes Graduate July 11, 2018

Our Mother of Perpetual Help School in Ephrata recently celebrated the graduations of the 3-year-old preschool, 4-year-old preschool, and kindergarten classes. The 4-year-olds held their ceremony on May 23 in front of parents, siblings, and the students' sixth-grade buddies. The children sang songs and demonstrated what they had learned during the school year. The 3-year-olds graduated on May 24. With help from preschool teachers Mrs. Hoffmann and Mrs. Covey, the students demonstrated their knowledge of the alphabet, colors, and shapes.

The kindergarten class, along with the students' friends and family, held a moving-up ceremony on May 31. The graduates recited poems, performed songs, gave speeches, and received certificates of achievement. The students are led by kindergarten teacher Mrs. Gerhard and teacher assistant Mrs. Versoza.

OMPH School welcomes children from the 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


Eighth-Graders Graduate July 11, 2018

A total of 64 students graduated from Pope John Paul II (PJP II) Regional Catholic Elementary School on June 5 during a Mass at St. Peter Church in West Brandywine. The theme for this year's eighth-grade Eucharistic celebration and commencement ceremony was "Go Make a Difference." Father Fitzpatrick, pastor of St. Peter Church, was the primary celebrant.

Following the Mass, students were commended for academic achievements and awarded more than $27,000 in scholarship money for high school. Following the ceremony, graduates returned to PJP II School for a dance to celebrate their accomplishments.

Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School, located in West Brandywine, is a coeducational parochial school offering prekindergarten for children age 3 through eighth grade. Little Saints Academy Child Care at Pope John Paul II School serves infants and children ages 3 to 36 months. For more information or to request a tour, readers may call 610-384-5961 or visit


Class Of 2018 Graduates July 11, 2018

On June 8, 25 students in the eighth-grade Class of 2018 graduated from Montgomery School, an independent private school for prekindergartners through eighth-graders located in Chester Springs.

The ceremony included an opening prayer, which was given by the Rev. Lee Paczulla from the Wellsprings Congregation. The Class Speaker was Cianna Chirillo, a member of the Class of 2018, and the graduation address was delivered by Scott Douglas McKean, a member of the Montgomery School Class of 2010. McKean is a 2014 graduate of The Hill School and a 2018 graduate of Wake Forest University.

Graduation awards were presented by Head of School Sally Keidel, middle school head Mark Dixon, and several alumni. The recipients are as follows: Academic Award: Cameron Beckey and Aman Gupta, Class of 2019; Citizenship Award: Keith Brennan and Ellie Marotta, Class of 2019; Service Award: Sydnie Bayles, Class of 2018, for raising more than $200,000 for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation; Special Award: Abigail Goldsmith and Kiaresh Rowell, Class of 2018, presented by state Rep. Duane Milne; Athletic Award: Ryan Woolley, Dylan Blair, and Taylor Folk, Class of 2018, presented by Abby Carpenter, Reilly Dugan, and Malcolm Folk, Class of 2017; The Middle School Cup: Bryce Cooper, Class of 2018, presented by Henry Lukens, Class of 2017; Faculty Prize: Sydnie Bayles and Jake Diaz, Class of 2018, presented by Ella Heft, Class of 2017; J. Bennett Hill Jr. Award for Academic Excellence: Taylor Folk, Class of 2018, presented by Ava Gessl, Class of 2017; and Head of School Award: Logan Brassington, Class of 2018, presented by Keidel.

Lastly, the Hovey-Gresh Award was given by Keidel to Chase Markee, Class of 2005, an alumnus who helped Montgomery School by sorting and preserving the school's archives during its centennial year in 2015. Markee is expertly trained in archiving and has worked at several historical associations and museums. The Hovey-Gresh Award is intended to recognize a member of the Montgomery School community who has demonstrated exemplary dedication to the school through a commitment of time, talent, and/or treasure.

For more information about Montgomery School, readers may visit


Students Earn Certificate Of Excellence Awards July 5, 2018

Presidential Education Awards were given to 10 students at a recent awards ceremony at West Fallowfield Christian School. The Presidential Certificate of Excellence Awards are given to students in fifth and eighth grades who exhibit educational excellence and who have achieved high academic goals through their hard work and dedication to learning.

Students who maintain a grade point average of at least 3.5 and score in the top 15 percent in their standardized tests receive a gold Certificate of Excellence from the president and a lapel pin with the presidential seal. Students who either score in the top 15 percent of their standardized testing scores or maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better receive a silver Certificate of Achievement and a lapel pin.

The following students received a gold Certificate of Excellence: eighth-graders Kay Reyburn and Janelle Yu, along with fifth-graders Teagen Ford, Chloe King, and Avianna Longenecker. Silver Certificates of Achievement were awarded to eighth-graders Katie Archambo, Anthony Lusby, Michael Moffa, and Seriya Perez, as well as fifth-grader Sofia Stoltzfus.


Students Excel In Math Competition July 3, 2018


YCHS Shares Class Of 2018 News July 3, 2018

York Catholic High School (YCHS) recently announced the accolades of the Class of 2018. Seventy-four percent of this class of 105 students earned over $11 million in college scholarships. Many received multiple scholarships from universities, businesses, and nonprofit organizations, including full tuition and room and board.

This class will contribute to global society as 96 percent have chosen to continue their education after high school. Another 2 percent are entering the military, and 2 percent are entering the workforce.

This class shared 17,768 hours of service to the community volunteering with Leg Up Farm, Ronald McDonald House, and City of York's Bring on Play, as well as volunteering at fire departments, police departments, hospitals, doctors' offices, nursing homes, food pantries, animal rescues, and community events.

To learn more about YCHS, readers may visit


Hershey Campus Posts Honor Roll June 27, 2018

The Lancaster Mennonite Hershey Campus recently announced its honor roll students for the fourth quarter. Students in grades nine through 12 were honored for their academic achievements.

Ninth-graders named to the honor roll are Trent Bruton, Grace Davidson, Micah Fredrick, Kaylee Musser, Joseph Nichols, Andrew Powell, Lily Whitman, Luke Zeevaart, and Keaidi Zhang. Students in grade 10 who were recognized are Samuel Barna, Ava Hatfield, Benjamin Jessep, Isabella Knudsen, Zhiyi Lyu, Sarah Neu, and Sierra Phanara.

Juniors named to the honor roll include Brooklynne Beltz, Jingyu Hu, Alia Shenk, Jian Song, and Jacob Wildasin. Students in the senior class named to the honor roll are Morgan Furjanic, Trent Garlin, Jiacheng He, Tyler Mills, Hayley Moyer, Zachary Neu, Darby Seymour, Maggie Shifflett, and Daniel Wagner.


Students Compete In 3-D Challenge June 26, 2018


Students Take Part In Envirothon June 26, 2018

Students at St. John the Baptist School in New Freedom took part in the Envirothon Challenge in May. As part of Envirothon, an environmental education competition, students study natural resources and focus on teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun.

Third- and fourth-graders from St. John's received the Silver Award at their team competition. Participants included Luke Manfredi, Morgan Campbell, Kendall Woods, and Nicolas David. The instructor was Sherri Woods.

The school's fifth- and sixth-graders came in fifth out of 65 teams in York County and won second place overall in Aquatics. Participants included Jake Maly, Luke Campbell, Eli Mazziott, Kyle Scott, Stella McGraw, and Ali Patera. Instructors were Jen McGraw and Andrea Patera.


LCDS Holds Graduation June 25, 2018

Fifty-three seniors participated in the 110th Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) commencement ceremony on May 19.

During the ceremony, Matt Lane received The Trustee Prize, awarded to the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average. Kathleen Waters received the Ruth S. Hostetter Award, given in memory of a 1931 alumna to a senior who works selflessly and enthusiastically to enhance the school community. Emma Stover received the Ann Musselman Award, presented in honor of a former LCDS teacher to the students who best exemplifies personal qualities of enthusiastic curiosity, the courage to take intellectual risks, and joy in a lifetime of learning. Sam Davis received the Faculty Award, given to the student who is the embodiment of what the faculty most respect in a scholar and a person, someone who has a true love of learning and is a model citizen. Cristian Tineo and Lauren MacKinnon received the Head of School Award, which recognizes the seniors who are most deserving of special recognition for having qualities such as leadership, school spirit, persistence, and civic virtue.

Speakers included faculty member Mary Turner; faculty member Diane Wilikofsky, who gave the invocation; Steve Lisk, head of school; Dory Bittle and Lauren MacKinnon, senior class co-presidents; Clare Jackson, member of senior class; and Genevieve Munson, assistant head of Upper School and English department chair, who gave the benediction.

At an earlier awards ceremony, students were honored in a variety of areas, including Sarah Frick, Music Award; Delphi Aubry and Clare Jackson, Karen Stork Memorial Award/Theatre; Cristian Tineo, Visual Art Award; Matthew Lane, English Award; Delphi Aubry, Elizabeth Ross Award; Maya McDougall, Foreign Language Award - Latin; Lauren MacKinnon, Foreign Language Award - Spanish; Daniel Lane, Foreign Language Award - Chinese; Michael Etter, Science Award; Emma Stover, Female Athlete of the Year; Matthew Lane, Male Athlete of the Year; Nicholas Lane and Matthew Lane, PIAA E. Jerry Brooks Award; and Emma Stover and Samuel Nelson, PIAA Fackler-Hower Sportsmanship Award.


CHALC Holds Graduation Ceremony June 25, 2018

Coalition of Homeschoolers Across Lancaster County (CHALC) held its 23rd annual homeschool graduation ceremony on May 25 at Calvary Church in Lancaster at 7 p.m. A total of 77 graduates were honored at the ceremony, which also featured a music performance by the senior class, speeches from a keynote speaker and a graduate speaker, and the awarding of diplomas by parents.

The keynote speaker was pastor Travis L. Zimmerman, co-founder of A Faithful Dad, a nonprofit Christian ministry focused on encouraging families.

Sarah Ann Martin was the student speaker. Daughter of David and Robbin Martin, she has been homeschooled since kindergarten. She received a Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Diploma and is studying to become a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner (FDNP).

The WGAL 8 Honor Roll recipient is Lauren Alyssa Witman, daughter of Ted and Taryn Witman, who received a Mason Dixon Diploma with distinction in academic honors, leadership, and fine arts. She has been awarded a Superior Academic Scholarship from Lancaster Bible College. Lauren enjoys singing, dancing, and playing the piano, violin and guitar. She has performed in numerous productions at Lancaster Bible College, PRiMA Theatre, Servant Stage Company, and other venues, as well as with the Annie Moses Band at Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.


Students Excel In Regional Competition June 25, 2018

Conestoga Christian School sent many middle and high school students to the recent regional competition of the Technology Student Association (TSA). Students from seven middle schools and 13 high schools, totaling 385 students and 115 advisers and judges, attended the Region 2 TSA Conference. Region 2 includes schools from Berks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties.

The following Conestoga Christian School middle school students received first place in their categories: Brynn Carter, Flight category; Gavin Green and Riley Lorah, Structural Engineering; and Brynn Carter and Riley Lorah, Technical Design. Stephen Elliker, Tanner Martin, and Adrian King also placed in various categories.

Placing first in high school were Joy Metzler and Jaiden Starr for Fashion Design and Technology; Jaeden Schreier for Flight Endurance; Jaeden Schreier and Spencer Colón for Video Game Design; and Dawson Carter, Caleb Schreier, and Ethan Vannoy for Electronic Research and Experimentation. Also placing in the high school competition were Jack Anderson, Christian Colón, Carissa Earnest, Alex Italiano, Zachary Johnson, Evan McFarland, Emily Wenger, and Aaron Wright. Larry Everhart is the TSA teacher and mentor.


Hybrid School Option Posted June 21, 2018

Pathways is a new micro-hybrid schooling option that blends the homeschool model with a more traditional classroom approach to education. Classes will be provided in four subject areas including language arts, math, science, and social studies. A special emphasis will be placed on project-based learning, with some of the classes taking place off-site at parks and other locations.

The co-op will meet at St. John's United Church of Christ, 432 Reading Road, East Earl. Classes will meet on Mondays through Thursdays one week and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on the alternate week. Students will receive homeschool lessons to complete at home on Fridays and the alternate Tuesdays.

Applications are being accepted for students in grades three through seven. For more information about the school, readers may contact Wanda Swarr at 717-715-9953 or Verda Shirk at 717-951-7669.


PJP II To Open Little Saints Academy June 21, 2018

Pope John Paul (PJP II) Regional Catholic Elementary School recently announced that registrations are currently being accepted for Little Saints Academy Child Care, which is scheduled to open on Tuesday, Sept 4. The new child care center, which will be located inside the PJP II building in West Brandywine, will be open on Mondays through Fridays year-round. The hours of operation will be 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The child care center, which is named for the school's mascot, the Saints, is open to the entire community, not just school families. Programs will be offered for infants and toddlers up to 36 months old.

There will be three classrooms dedicated to the child care center - an infant center for children ages 3 to 12 months, a young toddler group for children ages 12 to 24 months and an older toddler group for children ages 24 to 36 months.

The facility was approved by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is licensed by the state Department of Human Services and the Department of Education, which provided the school a curriculum for infants and toddlers that includes social activities, along with fine motor and gross motor activities. Children will enjoy singing, stories, puzzles and games.

PJP II is located at 2875 Manor Road, West Brandywine. For more information or to register, readers may visit or contact Patty Tarquinio, vice principal and director of early childhood programs, at or 610-384-5961.


La Academia Marks 20 Years June 20, 2018

La Academia: The Partnership Charter School commemorated its 20th anniversary with a celebration party at Mulberry Art Studios on June 1. Aida Ceara, board president, thanked the community for its support of the school.

La Academia will continue its dedication and commitment to serving Lancaster County youths as it recently received a five-year re-charter from the School District of Lancaster. It was a unanimous vote from the School District of Lancaster's school board on May 22.

The school's mission is being strategically refined as well as it envisions for its next 20 years and beyond. La Academia has formed a partnership with the Lancaster County STEM Alliance to create a foundation to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) school for students in grades six through 12.

La Academia is the only brick and mortar charter school in Lancaster and Lebanon counties. The school has an enrollment of 200 students and was founded with the help of several local community organizations that partnered together to get the school its first charter. The school offers a small individualized program for students in Lancaster County from area school districts. For more information, readers may visit or search for "La Academia: The Partnership Charter School" on Facebook.


Students Compete At Archdiocese Event June 20, 2018

Several student-athletes from Sacred Heart Parish in Oxford competed at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's Track and Field Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Championship Meet on June 2 at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field. The meet included 111 Catholic parishes across Philadelphia, Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, and Chester counties.

Ryan Latsch, Jack Campbell, Aidan Dearing, Abbey Chan, Elizabeth Wolfe, and Corinne Snopkowski represented Sacred Heart at the event. Corinne, a seventh-grader, placed fourth and medaled for minor girls' shot put. She reached her personal record at 30 feet, 7 inches. Her goal in the beginning of the season was to throw 30 feet.

The Sacred Heart Saints have been represented in the meet every year since 2009. Two athletes won their events last season, and many finished within the top five in the past nine seasons. To compete at the meet, athletes must be top qualifiers in a region and then area championship meet.

Sacred Heart's track and field program includes students from first to eighth grades who train from March through May. Head coach Chris Dearing started the program in 2009. Assistant coaches have included Roger Hilaman, Matt McCarry, Joe Kelly, Mike Marks, Mike Latsch, and Kevin Schaible.

For more information, readers may visit


Church Farm School Celebrates 100 Years June 20, 2018

State Sen. Andy Dinniman recently recognized the Church Farm School on its 100th anniversary. Dinniman visited the school and presented the Head of School, the Rev. Edmund K. "Ned" Sherrill II, with a Senate citation.

Opened on April 1, 1918, with five students, the Church Farm School sustained itself largely as a working farm until the 1980s. Students would work the farm half the day and study the remainder of the day. When the need for phasing out farming operations became a reality, the school made the decision to sell off most of its acreage and create an endowment for the future support of the school.

Today, the Church Farm School serves a student body of 200 young men in grades nine through 12 from the Mid-Atlantic region and around the world. It offers a college preparatory curriculum with average class sizes of seven to 12 students.

For more information, readers may visit


Brennan Announces Plans To Join ROTC June 20, 2018

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