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Lancaster Mennonite Begins School Year August 23, 2017

On Aug. 22, Lancaster Mennonite (LM) superintendent Pam Tieszen kicked off the first day of school for the first time after accepting the role in January. Lancaster Mennonite School has five campuses: Lancaster Campus (grades six through 12), Hershey (kindergarten through 12th grade), New Danville (prekindergarten through fifth grade), Locust Grove (prekindergarten through eighth grade), and Kraybill in Mount Joy (prekindergarten through eighth grade).

The 2017-18 school year will serve as a pilot year for a new Encounter Bible curriculum developed by the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) with input from many LM faculty. The Encounter curriculum will replace both the Journeys With God curriculum for kindergarten through eighth grade and the Mennonite School Council (MSC) High School Bible curriculum. LM faculty will present their experiences and best practices at the 2018 Mennonite Educators Conference (MEC) in February.

MEA has also granted the LM system full accreditation as a Mennonite School, and the regional accrediting body for private schools, AdvancED, has also accredited LM as a school system. AdvancED is an accrediting and consulting organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of schools and school systems offering prekindergarten through 12th-grade education.

Nine new air-conditioning units have been installed at the Locust Grove Campus. Both floors of the west wing, as well as the library area, have new HVAC units.

Locust Grove students also met their new principal, Paul Smeltzer, who previously served as a principal for three programs operated by Camelot Schools in partnership with the School District of Lancaster. Smeltzer holds a bachelor's degree in secondary education from Clarion University, a master's degree in education administration from the University of Scranton, and a master's degree in education from Eastern Mennonite University.

Additionally, the Locust Grove Campus added eighth grade this year to provide a full middle school of grades six through eight with traditional classes as an alternative to the Project-Based Learning approach at nearby Lancaster Mennonite Middle School (LMMS). The LMMS Connect! program offers an innovative, inquiry-based, interdisciplinary approach to engage seventh- and eighth-grade students in project-based and problem-based learning around a central theme for each quarter.

The Kraybill Campus in Mount Joy also has a new principal, but Michael Charles is a familiar face. Charles was a Kraybill Campus student from kindergarten through eighth grade before he graduated from Lancaster Mennonite High School (LMH). After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in history and social studies from Eastern Mennonite University, Charles returned to his alma mater, where he has taught in the History and Social Studies Department, served as Student Council adviser, and coached junior varsity boys' volleyball for the past seven years. He has a Master of Science in Education in educational leadership with a principal's certification from the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

The New Danville Campus, serving 120 students in prekindergarten through fifth grade, had six new air-conditioning units installed this summer. Eloy Rodriguez is starting his fifth year as principal.

At the Lancaster Campus, new rooms were added to accommodate 12 additional LMH students in Millstream Hall. Air-conditioning units were installed in old Graybill Hall, which is needed to accommodate an overflow of 12 to 15 residential students, as the school was slated to welcome 130 international students. Academically, the school has added AP Computer Science Principles. In addition, the Lancaster Campus continues to serve Chester County students with a bus route with stops in Oxford, Parkesburg, and Cochranville.


LCHS To Present "Lazarus" August 23, 2017

Sebastian Klemmer, vice president of the Lancaster Catholic High School (LCHS) marching band and a baritone player, has never enjoyed learning drill music as much as he has this year at band camp. "The music is a lot of fun to play," said Klemmer. "This is the most exciting opener I have played since I started in band. It's just gorgeous."

The opener that Klemmer likes so much is "Mars, the Bringer of War" by Gustav Holst. The dynamic piece will lead off the year's drill themed "Lazarus," based on the biblical story of the man Christ brought back from the dead. For the ballad, band director Paul Murr chose "Musetta's Waltz" by Giacomo Puccini. The drill will end with "The Firebird" by Igor Stravinsky.

The 38-member LCHS marching band, including four color guard, learned the fall drill during band camp, which was held at the school from Aug. 14 to 18. Camp was scheduled for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and on Friday, it took place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and was followed by a pool party.

According to student director AJ Jacunski, the drill is designed to reflect the music. "(In the) opener and closer, the drill is boxy, and we make more lines and structured shapes," said Jacunski. "During the ballad, which is (a waltz), we don't have corners; they are curves, and that (matches) the music."

Color guard captain Hillary Zink said that the guard movements will reflect the music as well. "In the ballad, the (silver swing) flags match the ... music. (The flags) are longer to flow with the patterns in the drill." Zink noted that the guard will use black and purple flags in the opening song - which she characterized as dark and choppy - and flags that resemble stained glass in the closing number.

Soloists will include Rebecca Ressel on clarinet and Anna Peris on electric violin. Zink will have a guard solo to accompany each of the musical solos, and the pit will play prior to the clarinet solo. "The pit starts the ballad about 10 measures before the clarinet solo, and then we drop down and play under," said pit section leader Maria Howe. Klemmer noted that the percussion section will be featured in the opener. "That underlying pulse (they play) makes it easier to march," Klemmer said.

Jacunski noted that the timing of the drill has made it more complicated to learn, but band president Lauren Modlin added that band members were making progress toward mastering the drill. "We really prepared (for camp), and we have a great group of people," she said.

"We are learning ahead (of where we expected to be), and it's nice to see that teamwork." Zink agreed. "Everybody that's here (at camp) is really committed to this."

To lighten the intensity of band camp, student leaders held theme days including crazy hat or sock day, class color day, tie dye day, twin day, and section theme day.

In 2014, the LCHS band joined the Lancaster County Marching Band Coalition. The coalition was created by a group of county band directors who have chosen to make an intentional move to provide students with more balance in their high school years. The LCHS band members will perform this year's drill at several Saturday shows this fall, including the school's own band showcase on Sept. 23. The band will also take part in a showcase at Manheim Township High School on Sept. 30 and a showcase held at Owen J. Roberts High School near Reading on Oct. 7. A final show is scheduled for McCaskey High School on Oct. 28.

Zink pointed out that the atmosphere at the band shows is conducive to developing relationships with members of bands from other schools. She added that at the final show, all the coalition band members will gather as one band to perform. "It's nice to be able to come together and create something great together to show our families," she noted.


School Opens Registration August 22, 2017

Temple Beth Israel, 2090 Hollywood Drive, York, is currently accepting registration for students in kindergarten through 10th grade. Music education will highlight the Religious School offerings. School will begin on Sunday, Sept. 10.

Families of students in kindergarten through second grade need not be temple members. The Reform Jewish congregation operates the religious education program for Jewish youths in York County.

For more information, readers may call principal Elizabeth Arbittier or Rabbi Jeffrey Astrachan at 717-843-2676 or visit


School Day Extension Announced August 18, 2017

Resurrection Catholic School has announced a change to the length of its school day. The change will be effective on the first day of school, Monday, Aug. 28.

Students will attend from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., a 30-minute extension. The additional half-hour will be dedicated to English language arts. As always, doors will open at 7:30 a.m. to provide supervision for those who arrive between 7:30 and 8 a.m. The After School Program is available to all families, and it will continue to provide supervision for students until 6 p.m.

Core courses, including religion, language arts, math, science and social studies, are taught daily at Resurrection. Weekly classes include art, music, library, computer, physical education and Spanish. The school also offers field trips to enhance learning.


YCHS Students Become Eagle Scouts August 16, 2017

York Catholic High School (YCHS) students Vincent Devlin and Aaron Lesher recently achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. They each chose YCHS as the beneficiary of their Eagle Scout projects.

Vincent, a 2017 graduate, saw a need in the school's Grotto and built benches, modified the reflecting pond, and helped improve rain filtration by adding stones. Aaron, a rising junior, constructed a ticket booth for the school's football stadium. Both Scouts oversaw the design, organized a team of volunteers, and coordinated the final construction.


Education Centers Earn Accreditation August 16, 2017

Community Progress Council has announced that four of its Early Head Start and Head Start of York County classrooms have earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC accreditation is a rigorous and transformative quality-improvement system that uses a set of 10 research-based standards to recognize and drive quality improvement in high-quality early learning environments.

Serving as a York County community action agency since 1965, Community Progress Council seeks to empower individuals and families to move toward self-sufficiency and advocate for change to promote community growth. Through its early childhood programs, including Pre-K Counts, Head Start and Early Head Start of York County, Community Progress Council provides early childhood education to nearly 1,000 low-income children in York County each year.

To earn NAEYC accreditation, Community Progress Council went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process, followed by an on-site visit at its Cottage Place location by NAEYC assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs always must be prepared for unannounced quality-assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts for five years.

Community Progress Council is one of nine NAEYC-accredited early childhood education centers in York County. Less than 10 percent of all child care centers, preschools, and kindergartens nationally are NAEYC-accredited.

For more information about accreditation, readers may visit the NAEYC website. Information about Community Progress Council is available at


LMS Hershey Campus Announces New Features August 11, 2017

Some new features and faces will greet students at the Hershey Campus of Lancaster Mennonite School (LMS), 1525 Sand Hill Road, Hummelstown, when school starts on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

The Hershey Campus successfully completed the final phase of its $85,000 "Seats and Eats" campaign to install bleachers in its gymnasium and furnish its cafeteria with new tables and chairs before the start of school. The campaign is part of the larger goal of completing the building's entire second floor with an elevator, locker rooms, an office area, and additional classroom space.

For the upcoming school year, the Hershey Campus will offer half-day, full-day and flex kindergarten options, headed up by Evelyn Sessions. The flex option allows students to start as half-day students and then transition to full-day based on the individual student's development. The full-day kindergarten program matches the regular school day of 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. The half-day option also starts at 8:15 a.m., but it dismisses at 11:50 a.m.

Half-day students receive all the core subjects: Bible teaching, reading readiness, handwriting, language arts, science, mathematics, art, music, library, physical education, chapel, and computer. The full-day program offers opportunities for expanded themes for understanding concepts and additional language arts and mathematics activities, along with more Bible stories and Scripture memorization and more opportunities for social interaction and stimulation.

After-school care is now available for all students from 3 to 5:30 p.m. for a set per-hour fee. Activities include a snack, supervised outdoor play, quiet time for reading or homework, and relaxed game time. Other after-school activities may include computer activities, videos, and arts and crafts.

The Hershey Campus will field a cross-country team in the Commonwealth Christian Athletic Conference this year and is developing a cross-county course on its 35-acre campus. The team will be coached by teacher Kelsey Ramer.

Teacher Rachael Thomas is starting a MathCounts Club for middle school students. MathCounts is a national math enrichment and competition program founded by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The campus is also offering an enhanced number of Advanced Placement courses.

Some new faculty faces will greet returning Hershey students. Mick Steckbeck, a veteran social studies and Bible teacher from the LMS Kraybill Campus in Mount Joy, will serve as chapel coordinator and will teach sixth-grade social studies. Brookye Keeney, who has taught art to kindergarten through 12th-grade students at private schools and through museum education programs, will teach art, photography, and computer science. Emily Wakefield, who has a Bachelor of Arts in early childhood and special education from Eastern University, will teach fifth grade. Chris Miller is joining the office staff.

LMS Hershey Campus serves about 200 students in kindergarten through grade 12 in one building on a 35-acre campus 3 miles southwest of downtown Hershey. The campus has an enrollment increase of about 5 percent going into the 2017-18 school year. For additional information, readers may visit


Students Build Computers For Use In New Lab August 8, 2017

This summer, more than a dozen Devon Prep middle school and high school students attended weeklong Tech Build Camps, where they learned how to build computers to be used in the school's new Visual Studio Lab. Under the direction of technology teacher Dave Woodward, the boys learned how a computer works, how to put together the components, and how to troubleshoot if something does not work properly. In total, the students at the camps built 15 computers.

Software was installed on the assembled computers, and the computers were connected to the campus network. When all was done, the students gave their finished products names, such as Riley, Computer Mccomputer-Face, and Captain_Crunch.

The computers will be the basis of the school's new Visual Studio Lab. The lab will be located in the newly renovated high school building, which is slated to be completed for the first day of school in September.

Readers may learn more about Devon Prep and the new Visual Studio Lab during the school's fall open house on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Devon Prep is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for boys in grades six through 12 focused on the holistic education of young men for life. The school is located on a 20-acre campus in Devon. For more information, readers may call 610-688-7337 or visit


Preschool Promotes Autism Inclusivity August 4, 2017

Kids Express Preschool, a ministry of Grace Church at Willow Valley, 300 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster, is preparing to better serve children with autism.

"We want to be supportive to families," said Kids Express director Mary Liz Youtz. "We are not becoming an autism school, but our aim is to become inclusive."

In order to effectively and appropriately meet the needs of children with autism, Youtz reached out to Carolyn Bruey, program supervisor of Autism Solutions, a family service provided by IU13. Bruey trained the Kids Express teachers to work with students on the autism spectrum, and she also recommended a collaboration with Behavior Therapy International (BTI), a Camp Hill-based business that provides applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy tailored for children on the autism spectrum in any setting where it is needed: home, school, day care, and community. ABA therapy is evidence-based and is the only one of its kind recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Surgeon General for addressing the needs of people with autism, said BTI owner Paul Eschbach.

Bruey explained that the Pennsylvania Autism Insurance Act of 2009 mandated that insurance companies must cover up to $40,000 annually for treatments related to autism. That funding can be used for ABA therapy provided through BTI. After students enroll at Kids Express and BTI verifies insurance coverage, a board-certified behavioral analyst will observe the students in all settings where "the most salient behaviors occur and with relevant stakeholders," Eschbach said. The analyst will create a treatment plan, which will include parent-training and teacher-training goals. The plan will be implemented by a registered behavior technician (RBT), who will partner with each student for six to 40 hours a week, during preschool and in other settings.

"One-on-one allows Kids Express Preschool to open up its doors to kids they may not have been able to serve," Bruey remarked.

Having each child with autism paired with an RBT will enhance the classroom experience for all Kids Express students, Youtz asserted. The RBTs will help their clients navigate social interactions with their peers, and typical students will become familiar with interacting with individuals with differences. Bruey noted that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that one in 68 children has autism, so it is important that organizations and individuals become competent and comfortable interacting, learning, playing, and working alongside people with autism.

Inclusivity and competence are important goals for Kids Express Preschool, according to Youtz. Since 1993, the preschool has strived to provide a loving Christian setting in which children ages 2 to 5 are encouraged to grow spiritually, academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. The school is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International and periodically undergoes a rigorous assessment by the organization.

"Children who leave here assimilate (easily) into kindergarten," Youtz said, adding that the Kids Express curriculum meshes with those of Penn Manor and Lampeter-Strasburg school districts. Additionally, Kids Express performs kindergarten testing for students entering Penn Manor schools.

The 2017-18 school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The school day will run weekdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m., with an optional lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The BTI assessment process will take several weeks, so parents of preschoolers with autism should not delay in contacting Youtz at 717-464-1439 or if they would like their children to be ready to start school on Sept. 5.

For more information about Kids Express or to enroll typical students, readers may visit Scholarships toward the cost of tuition are available.


Pathways Institute Announces Fall Classes August 2, 2017

The fall 2017 term of the Pathways Institute for Lifelong Learning at Landis Homes began with a kickoff reception on July 27 at Calvary Church. Approximately 200 persons participated in the event, which included teachers and prospective students. Following opening remarks, class instructors were introduced, and each shared some details about the class or tour he or she will lead.

The 44 courses and events, which are scheduled from September to December, are open to all Lancaster County residents, as well as residents from neighboring counties, who are age 55 and up. New class titles include "Over There and Back Home: America and WWI," "The Composers and Lyricists of the Great American Songbook in the Hollywood Musical," "Minerals and Rocks," "My Favorite Poems - And Yours," "Chemistry in the Bible? You Must Be Joking," and "Medications: Helpful or Harmful As We Age?"

The new Pathways Institute catalogs, along with online registration forms, are available at There is a registration fee, which includes enrollment in to up to five courses per semester, as well as a per course option. There are also day trips like Bald Eagles at Conowingo Dam and The Barnes Museum, as well as special events, which are offered in addition to the regular classes.

Most classes are held on the campus of Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. For more information, readers may call 717-381-3577 or email


Lacrosse Team Posts Undefeated Season August 2, 2017


Eighth-Grade Students Graduate July 26, 2017

Fifty-eight eighth-grade students graduated from Pope John Paul (PJP) II Regional Catholic Elementary School on June 6 during a Mass at St. Peter Church in West Brandywine. The theme for this year's Eighth-Grade Eucharistic Celebration and Commencement Ceremony was "You Are the Light of the World." Father Fitzpatrick, pastor of St. Peter Church, was the primary celebrant.

Following the Mass, students were commended for academic achievements and awarded more than $20,000 in scholarship money for high school. Following the ceremony, graduates returned to PJP II School for a dance to celebrate their accomplishments.

PJP II Regional Catholic Elementary School is a co-educational parochial school for prekindergartners age 3 through eighth-graders. For more information or to request a tour, readers may call 610-384-5961 or visit


Distinguished Honors Posted July 24, 2017

York Catholic High School recently announced the distinguished honor roll for the fourth marking period of the 2016-17 school year. Students in grades seven through 12 were recognized for their academic excellence.

Students who achieved distinguished honors are seniors Della Doyle, Mollie Durcho, Mayra Hernandez, Gerald McKim, and Samuel Shinsky; juniors Lillian Cartwright, Katelyn Danczyk, Olivia Ellis, Nicholas Gaito, and Quinlan Toomey; sophomores Megan Hale, Luke Motter, and Miranda Shearer; and freshmen Dean Holmes, Lorraine Schlosser, and Annie Steinfelt.

Distinguished honors were also earned by eighth-graders Sophia DeBolt, Matthew Doyle, Emilio Gurany, Grace Hatchard, Kelleigh Pollock, Bernadette Schintz, Shannon Staples, and Annika Stewart, along with seventh-graders Lindsey Beck, Shana Carey, Evan Costlow, Emily Danczyk, Grace Doyle, Natalie Javitt, Martina Lyter, Tennison McGraw, Willow Sepan, and Jamie Volk.


School Holds Spirit Night July 20, 2017

Resurrection Catholic School held its Spirit Night for students and families during the Lancaster Barnstormers game on July 8.

The event gave students access to the field before the game. They met and interacted with Barnstormers mascot Cylo and then formed the high-five tunnel, stretching out their hands to greet players as they ran onto the field. They also had the opportunity to stand with their favorite players at their field positions during the singing of the national anthem.

The school received a portion of ticket sales. Fireworks followed the game.


Religious School Revitalizes Curriculum July 19, 2017

"The idea is to make them enjoy it, make them want to come, have them learn something and be proud to be Jewish. We want to make Judaism real and vibrant and enticing," said religious school director Joan Sharp when describing the goal of the Beth Israel Cohen Family Religious School, which operates at Beth Israel Congregation of Chester County in Eagle.

This summer, Sharp and other staff members are revamping and revitalizing the 2017-18 curriculum for the school, which offers formal religious education for Jewish children from kindergarten through ninth grade.

Religious education is offered every Sunday from 9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There is also a "One Plus" program offered on Wednesdays from 4:15 to 6 p.m. "Students in third through seventh grades used to be required to come on Sunday and Wednesday. Now, we are offering the Wednesday as an option for third- through fifth-graders," Sharp said. "We are doing that to meet the needs of community families who are involved with other activities that interfere with the timing of attending a two-day-a-week religious school.

"We do still want the sixth- and seventh-graders to attend both days because they are starting to actively prepare for their bar and bat mitzvahs, so the option is just for the third- through fifth-graders," she added.

A bar or bat mitzvah is a "coming of age" ceremony where 13-year-old Jewish boys and girls become responsible for observing the commandments. Additionally, older youths, ages 16 to 18, take part in a confirmation ceremony.

"We have a two-year confirmation program for eighth- and ninth-graders that is not mandatory, but most of our students (attend)," noted Sharp. "That is a class that is geared toward using Jewish texts and values to guide decision-making."

Also new this year is multimedia program that will help students learn Hebrew. "The new series utilizes arts, music and interactive online components," Sharp explained. "It will help students not just learn the prayer by rote memorization, but actually connect a meaning with the prayer that is applicable to their lives."

An additional program on Sundays will be a student-led community service for third- through seventh-graders at 11 a.m. "For 15 minutes, everyone will gather in the social hall and Rabbi (Jon Cutler) will be discussing a question of the week that he will send out in advance," Sharp noted. "We will also be passing around a tzedakah box, which is a charity box where people can donate coins, and we will decide as a group what charity the money will be donated to throughout the school year."

On Wednesdays, a portion of the program will be for Chugim (Clubs). "The fall club will be 'Judaism Around the World.' We will learn how Jews in other countries practice," Sharp explained. As part of the winter theme, which will be "STEAM (Science, Technology, Entertainment, Arts and Math)," youths will study Jewish individuals who have made contributions in those areas. The spring 2018 club will be a study of Israel.

Sharp said updating the curriculum will better prepare students for life as they become adults. "The big focus of change for the religious school in redoing our curriculum is trying to have more of a focus on providing students with key Jewish values that they can use to guide their lives," she commented. "We're trying to look at the entire curriculum and weed out facts that are not critical. There is only a certain amount of time we have each week with the kids, and we need to use that time to the best of our ability to get across the most important things."

Beth Israel Congregation is located at 385 Pottstown Pike (Route 100), Eagle. The Beth Israel Cohen Family Religious School will begin offering classes on Wednesday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 10. For more information, readers may visit or call 610-458-8550.


WFCS Opens Registration July 19, 2017

West Fallowfield Christian School (WFCS), 795 Fallowfield Road, Atglen, is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. West Fallowfield offers classes for students in preschool through eighth grade. In addition, the school offers The Academy, a high school co-op for ninth and 10th grades.

WFCS opened The Academy for incoming ninth-graders in 2016, and 10th grade will be added in the coming school year. The school serves as a resource for families by helping students meet homeschool requirements, including the compilation of the student work portfolio. The college-style model provides students accountability while they learn to manage their time effectively. Core subjects of English, American literature, Algebra 1, geometry, biology, chemistry, world history and Bible will be taught two days a week on campus. Qualified teachers will prepare lesson plans for the remaining three days of the week. Grading and portfolio assistance will also be provided by the staff. The school plans to add an additional grade each year.

Little Falcons Preschool is an academic-based program that offers two-, three- and five-day programs for 3- and 4-year-olds. The classes will meet from 9 to 11:45 a.m. The hands-on curriculum incorporates reading readiness, math skills, language arts, pre-handwriting, science, art, music, drama, physical education, devotions, Bible, Spanish and library.

Kindergarten at WFCS is a full-day program with the option of four or five days a week. The kindergarten core curriculum will include reading readiness, mathematics, language arts, handwriting, writer's workshop, computer, library, art, music, physical education, chapel, devotions and Bible. Five-day students will benefit from additional curriculum including science, social studies, reading/math enrichment and literacy centers. Learning centers, play and music and movement are also incorporated into the day for kindergarten.

Interscholastic opportunities for middle school students are available in fine arts and athletics. Girls' athletics include volleyball, soccer, basketball and track and field. Boys' athletics include soccer, basketball, volleyball and track and field. In addition to the core subjects, middle school students choose from a variety of elective subjects. WFCS also offers clubs once a week to middle school as well. All students participate in music and art programs.

The school has a full comprehensive resource room to offer academic and learning support. The Chester County Intermediate Unit provides additional reading and speech therapy support.

Bus transportation is supplied for students residing in the Avon Grove, Coatesville, Octorara, Oxford, Pequea, Solanco and Unionville-Chadds Ford school districts.

Financial aid is available. Interested applicants may contact the school at 610-593-5011 for more information or to schedule an appointment. Readers may also visit or find the school on Facebook.


Students Take Part In Service Trip July 19, 2017

A total of 10 Devon Prep Upper School students and two chaperones recently traveled 12 hours to Chattanooga, Tenn., where they worked with Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga Area. The group spent their days painting, sanding, tearing down drywall, pulling up tile, and cleaning. At night, they slept in sleeping bags on the floor in classrooms at St. Paul Episcopal Church.

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Chattanooga Area is a locally organized and governed nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization that builds affordable homes in Chattanooga. The organization partners with volunteers and low-income families to build houses that are sold at no profit and with no interest.

After getting settled at St. Paul Episcopal Church, the group attended an orientation, which highlighted what to expect during the week of service. The group's first project took place in ReStore, Habitat for Humanity's thrift store, which benefits the organization and the people that it serves. The boys spent a day organizing and sorting donations, cleaning up the stock yard, and landscaping.

The next project took place in the organization's warehouse, where the students worked on different parts of a house being built in the area. They spent two days sanding and painting siding for the outside of the house and cabinetry for the inside. Their supervisor told them the story of the family the work would benefit, and the group members learned that the family could not complete the house without their help.

The final project included a full day working on Habitat for Humanity's revitalization program in the poverty-stricken Glass Farm District of Chattanooga. The group started demolition on an abandoned building that once housed a thriving business. The goal was to renovate the space so that a new business could move in. Group members tore down walls, pulled up floor tiles, and demolished the space. By the end of the day, the space was ready for the next phase of renovation.

Although the main purpose was to do service, time was built into the trip for the group to explore the Chattanooga area and attend a Chattanooga Lookouts minor league baseball game.

Devon Prep, 363 N. Valley Forge Road, Devon, is a private, Catholic, college preparatory school for boys in grades six through 12 focused on the holistic education of young men for life. The school's fall open house has been set for Sunday, Oct. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, readers may call 610 -688-7337 or visit


School Receives Accreditation July 19, 2017


Students Learn About Musical Theater July 18, 2017

A number of Saint Theresa School students participated in a summer musical theater camp, which took place during three weeks in June. The students performed the musical "Seussical Kids" on June 30 at Trinity High School.

Throughout the camp, the students learned about singing, dancing and basic skills needed for acting. The camp included students from third through sixth grades. Saint Theresa School is located in New Cumberland.


YCHS Opens Registration July 12, 2017

York Catholic High School (YCHS) will now accept applications for students entering grades seven through 11 for the 2017-18 school year. The YCHS graduating Class of 2017 earned $8.37 million in college scholarships, with 71 percent of students 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.

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

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