School Holds Golf Outing September 20, 2018
Resurrection Catholic School held its annual golf outing on Sept. 11 at Meadia Heights. Eighty golfers participated despite the morning rain, and they finished play just before a downpour afterward.
The annual event benefits the Resurrection's student technology fund. This year's event raised approximately $10,000 due to the support of the golfers and sponsors, including the Knights of Columbus 867.
Teachers Receive Recognition September 20, 2018
Sacred Heart teachers Jackie Muehleisen and Julie Hartman were recognized at the Diocese of Harrisburg's annual Education Conference for their years of service.
Muehleisen, who is known to the Sacred Heart community as Miss Jackie, has been an educator for 40 years. She began as the school's gym teacher and then switched to teaching second grade and finally to teaching fourth grade.
Hartman has been a first-grade teacher at Sacred Heart School for 30 years.
Logos Academy Opens Affiliate September 13, 2018
Logos Academy has announced a formal affiliation with New City School in Harrisburg. New City School will officially operate its kindergarten and future kindergarten through 12th-grade program as Logos Academy Harrisburg. Logos Academy Harrisburg will begin with one kindergarten class and will add an additional class each year, expanding the number of students to be served in Harrisburg.
Founded in 1998, Logos Academy, an independent school accredited by the Middle States Association, serves a diverse group of students from 12 different school districts. Logos Academy is funded primarily by donors who provide scholarships to students. New City School shares Logos Academy's vision to develop students of intelligence and character.
School Holds Picnic August 29, 2018
Resurrection Catholic School opened the school year with its annual Back-to-School Picnic on Aug. 26, the day before school started. Families of students and staff filled the parking lot. They brought chairs and desserts, and the PTO provided hot dogs, snacks and beverages. Marilyn Pagan won a gift card.
The event included performances by juggler Ryan Shiflet and hula-hooper Kelley Montgomery, both from the Circus School of Lancaster. Shiflet, who performs as Ryan Ruckus, is also a comedian, a disc jockey and a teacher of his craft at the Circus School. Montgomery, who performed with two hoops at the picnic, has been hooping for seven years. The performers said they like to showcase their skills because it is fun and keeps them active.
Hinds Named Head Of School August 21, 2018
The Christian School of York (CSY), 907 Greenbriar Road, York, recently named Eden Hinds as Head of School. Hinds, who previously lived in Houston, brings 25 years of educational experience as an administrator and teacher. Hinds is the school's first female head of school.
Hinds is in the process of finalizing her doctoral program in Ethical Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. She has previously earned three graduate degrees in education and education administration from Samford University.
August will mark the start to CSY's 62nd academic year. CSY serves students and families in central Pennsylvania across many districts and socioeconomic levels with private preschool and kindergarten through 12th grade education that is biblically sound, Christ-honoring, and of high academic standard.
Individual tours of the school are available as requested by contacting the admissions office at 717-767-6842.
CSY is accredited with the Association of Christian Schools International and Middle States Association, ensuring strict adherence to the best practice in every area including curriculum, physical environment, teaching training and certification, and health and safety standards.
The 12.5-acre campus features a main campus center with elementary, middle school, and high school wings; a separate preschool campus; two soccer fields; and large playgrounds. CSY provides a vast offering of extracurricular programming including CCAC athletics and opportunities in the fine arts. For more information, readers may visit www.CSYonline.com.
Students Excel On AP Exams August 21, 2018
York Catholic High School students recently received recognition for their scores on the national Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Advanced Placement (AP) courses offer high school students college-level rigor ending in May with a four-hour, national exam. Exams are graded on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 as the highest grade possible. Many colleges and universities accept a score of 3 or higher for college credit.
York Catholic offers Advanced Placement courses in English, Calculus, Chemistry, Biology, and U.S. History. This past spring, 32 York Catholic students took a total of 42 AP exams, with a 95 percent pass rate of a 3 or higher. On those 42 tests, 16 students scored a 5, 15 students scored a 4, and nine students scored a 3.
AP Scholars with Honors designations are given to students who earn scores of 3 or higher on four or more AP exams. Brian Hand from the Class of 2018 achieved this honor. Hand is now enrolled at the United States Naval Academy.
AP Scholars are students who earn scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. The following five graduates from the Class of 2018 have been recognized with this honor: Carolyn Albright, Catholic University; Katelyn Danczyk, Penn State University; Nicholas Gaito, York College of Pennsylvania; Rachel Lyter, Mount St. Mary's; and Emma Poff, Gettysburg College.
Additionally, the following York Catholic students each scored a 5 on at least one AP exam: John Chen, Katelyn Danczyk, Nicholas Gaito, Christian Gevasi, Nicholas Gingerich, Chandler Hake, Gianni Hill, Runqui Liu, Rachel Lyter, Luke Motter, Cindy Park, Emma Poff, Katy Rader, Kaitlyn Staub, and Quinn Toomey.
School Posts 3K Run, Futures Games August 21, 2018
York Catholic High School has announced a 3K run and Futures Games.
The York Catholic Senior High Student Council will sponsor a 3K run on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9 a.m. While participants walk or run around the York Catholic campus, they will be doused with colored powder. Organizers recommend wearing white.
The registration form and fee are due on Thursday, Aug. 30. On-site registration will be available at 8 a.m. on the day of the event, but a race T-shirt will not be included. All proceeds from the event will benefit York Catholic's Mini-THON and Four Diamonds' fight against pediatric cancer. For more information, readers may visit www.yorkcatholic.org and look in the Announcements section.
Students in grades one through six are invited to participate in Futures Games. Attendees will spend time with the varsity players and coaches, listen to the coaches' pregame instructions, participate in team prayer, sit together to cheer on the team, and pose with the team for a picture at the end of the game.
Young student-athletes may participate in Futures Games for the following sports: girls' tennis on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m., with participants arriving by 3:45 p.m. at Springettsbury Township tennis courts; boys' soccer on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m., with arrival by 3:30 p.m.; girls' soccer on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 4 p.m., with arrival by 3:30 p.m.; volleyball on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., with arrival by 6:30 p.m.; football on Friday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m., with arrival by 6:15 p.m.; cheerleading on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., with arrival by 6:45 p.m.; and marching band on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m., with arrival by 5:30 p.m.
For more information, readers may contact Dusty Boeckel, Futures events coordinator, at email@example.com.
MHS Signs MOU With College August 15, 2018
Milton Hershey School (MHS) recently signed its 14th memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Northampton Community College. The partnership will allow the schools to collaborate and offer multi-layered support to its low-income, first-generation college students.
MHS students who attend Northampton Community College will receive focused and sustained support to ensure student success throughout their entire college experience. Support services include academic coaching, student engagement resources, and retention support.
Milton Hershey School's Graduate Programs for Success (GPS) Division provides young alumni with a comprehensive support system, which includes 14 partnerships with postsecondary institutions across the state of Pennsylvania. In addition to the individualized support offered at each institution, MHS career and higher education specialists support graduates throughout the entire duration of college, including on-campus postsecondary visits and text messages with words of encouragement and guidance.
Homeschooling Conference Planned August 9, 2018
Homeschooling Outside the Box, a free one-day conference organized by the York Home School Association, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at York Alliance Church, 501 Rathton Road, York.
The conference will feature three sessions where panels of homeschooling families from various backgrounds will share their nontraditional approaches to learning. The panelists will share their families' experiences and answer questions about delight-directed or child-led learning, eclectic homeschooling, unschooling, and more, including what counts as educational and "What about college?"
The day will begin with check-in, coffee, and a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m. The first session, "Getting Started," will begin at 9 a.m. and will cover why homeschooling does not have to be similar to public school and how parents can pique their children's interest in learning.
The second session, "Recordkeeping and Evaluations," set for 10:45 a.m., will focus on how nontraditional learning looks on paper and how it can be done in compliance with Pennsylvania's recordkeeping requirements.
Lunch will be at 12:15 p.m. Attendees should pack a lunch. Coffee and other beverages will be provided.
The third session, "High School," will start at 1 p.m. It will address issues specifically dealing with the high school years and graduation requirements in Pennsylvania.
To register, readers may visit https://tinyurl.com/yal8dvze. For details, individuals may search for "Homeschooling Outside the Box" on Facebook or contact Nikki Donahue at 717-858-9242 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Hires Prekindergarten Teacher August 2, 2018
Lancaster Mennonite School has announced that Joelle Nye of Grantville will teach the newly developed prekindergarten program at the Hershey campus in the 2018-19 school year. The Hershey campus offers prekindergarten through 12th-grade Christian education and is located on Sand Hill Road close to downtown Hershey.
Nye is an alumna of the Hershey campus, formerly known as Hershey Christian School, and is a graduate of Eastern University with a Bachelor of Science in early childhood education and special education. She said she strives to provide her students with the same caliber of teaching she received from her teachers, who strongly influenced her and set a positive example for her.
Nye recently returned from three years in Hungary, where she taught students in grades one to four. While in Hungary, she participated in an after-school English kindergarten club and also started an English student book club.
She attends LifePoint Church.
The Hershey campus of Lancaster Mennonite School aims to provide a holistic education in a Christ-centered atmosphere. The campus offers full-day, half-day and flex prekindergarten and kindergarten options. To learn more about the prekindergarten program, readers may contact Monica Ordanoff at 717-433-0284.
Bitting Earns Doctorate Degree August 1, 2018
Katie J. Bitting, formerly of Elizabethtown, recently earned a doctorate in chemistry at Duke University in Durham, N.C.
She is a 2009 graduate of Elizabethtown Area High School, where she attained the rank of co-valedictorian. She graduated in 2013 with honors from Sweet Briar College in Virginia, earning a bachelor's degree in biochemistry and molecular biology.
In August, Katie is slated to start in a position as an assistant professor in the chemistry department at West Virginia State University, located in Institute, W.Va.
She is the daughter of Thomas A. "Tim" and Diane M. Bitting of Elizabethtown.
WFCS Opens Registration August 1, 2018
West Fallowfield Christian School (WFCS), 795 Fallowfield Road, Atglen, is currently accepting registrations for the 2018-19 school year. West Fallowfield offers classes for students in preschool through eighth grade. In addition, the school offers a high school co-op for ninth through 11th grades.
In 2016, WFCS opened The Academy for incoming students in ninth through 11th grades. 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 2, advanced algebra, trigonometry, geometry, biology, physics, American history, world history, Bible and Spanish will be taught two days a week on campus. There will also be opportunities to gain extra-curricular credits at an additional cost. There is also a pay-per-class option available for students to register for individual courses of their choosing. Qualified teachers will prepare lesson plans for the remaining days of the week. Grading and portfolio assistance will also be provided by the staff.
Beginning this fall, the Little Falcons Preschool program will offer a full-day option on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The multi-age classroom will feature hands-on curriculum that incorporates reading readiness, math skills, language arts, pre-handwriting, science, arts and crafts, music and movement, drama, devotions, Bible, Spanish, and an introduction to sign language. Children ages 3 and 4 will have a half-day option.
Kindergarten at WFCS is a full-day program with the option of four or five days a week. The kindergarten core 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 the 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 to broaden their interests and learning. WFCS also offers clubs once a week to middle school students as well. All students participate in music and art programs.
WFCS 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 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 www.wfcs.org or find the school on Facebook.
LCCS Will Hold Open House July 25, 2018
Lancaster County Christian School (LCCS), 2390 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, will hold an open house on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Families and students in preschool through 12th grade are invited to attend. Attendees may meet the teachers, review the curricula, tour the campus, and meet school parents. The open house will allow attendees to expedite the enrollment process for the upcoming school year.
LCCS is a Christian school for students in preschool through 12th grade. Two models of education are available.
The traditional model for elementary and secondary students provides a comprehensive program with instruction provided on campus five days per week. This model includes academics that are taught with a biblical perspective to help students grow academically and spiritually through teacher interaction while partnering with parents throughout the process. As an extension, high school students have experiential opportunities for growth through the Academies of STEM; Entrepreneurship; the Arts; and Community, Outreach and Service.
The University Model at LCCS offers an alternative solution for students in kindergarten through grade six whose parents desire for their children to be at home while also benefiting from the services of a Christian school. University Model students are on campus part-time. Students in kindergarten through grade two spend two days per week on campus. Those in grades three through six are on campus three days per week. The remaining days of the week, referred to as satellite days, are spent completing teacher-directed academic activities at home under the guidance of parents.
Students' educational experiences are also outreach oriented. Through its values and heritage, the school seeks to empower students to be confident in whom God has created them to be. LCCS has been providing a Christian education for more than 65 years in Lancaster County.
Reservations are requested by visiting www.lccs.cc/openhouse.
For information about enrollment, readers may contact Diane Dissmore, director of admissions, at 717-556-0711, ext. 214.
School Awards Scholarships July 25, 2018
Lancaster Country Day School (LCDS) awarded four $12,000 John A. Jarvis Merit Scholarships to area students. All Middle and Upper School applicants were eligible, and scholarships are renewable each year through graduation.
The scholarship honors former head of school John Jarvis, who sought to make LCDS accessible to a wide range of deserving students. This year's scholarship recipients are Sarah Biltz, Annabelle Copeland, McKenna Kraft, and Jeremy Ouilikon.
Ninth-grader Sarah is the daughter of Joanne and Todd Biltz of Lancaster. She plays tennis and dances. Sarah enjoys the performing arts and is involved in both school and community theater.
Eleventh-grader Annabelle is the daughter of Tina and Lee Copeland, both of Palmyra. At her previous school, she was the copy editor of her school newspaper and also a member of the Student Council. Annabelle plays basketball and field hockey.
Sixth-grader McKenna is the daughter of Rebecca and Zachary Kraft of Lancaster. McKenna plays tennis and swims. She also is a member of the school choir and plays the guitar.
Sixth-grader Jeremy is the son of Neva and Alain Ouilikon of Denver. Jeremy plays soccer and basketball. He also plays the trumpet and piano and is a member of the school choir and band.
LCDS is a college-preparatory school founded in 1908. For more information, readers may visit www.lancastercountryday.org.
School Opens In New Location July 25, 2018
Keystone Christian Academy (KCA) has relocated to Asbury Church, 340 E. Market St., in York's Historic District and has opened enrollment for the 2018-19 school year. KCA will use the church's existing Sunday school classrooms and youth ministry facilities to educate community children within a Christian context.
KCA's focus on helping families with spiritual or financial needs aligns with the goals of the Asbury congregation's work in its urban York environment. Like the church, KCA seeks to be financially responsible and to exercise good business practices while at the same time operating in faith and giving God the opportunity to work.
The school's target market in York County includes all families with 3-year-old children in prekindergarten through children in grade eight. Enrollment is not limited by race, religion, or socioeconomic status. The school's foundation is the Christian faith, but KCA's staff is able to work with other community resources to provide help related to needs that may arise in students' families' social situations.
KCA teachers use resources according to each child's learning style rather than a set curriculum. Students are taught with attention given to their strengths and learning inclinations.
KCA's daily schedule features academics in the morning and enrichment in the afternoon so homeschoolers may choose a half-day schedule that fits their needs for either academic courses or co-curricular activities to supplement their at-home learning. The school offers an option of five full days that includes academics and enrichment, as well as an option of four full days from Mondays to Thursdays, offering academics, enrichment, and assignments to complete at home on the fifth day. Students in prekindergarten or kindergarten may choose from five full-day, four full-day, four half-day, and five half-day options.
Applications for the 2018-19 school year are currently being received. For more information, readers may visit www.KCA-york.com.
Need-based scholarships are available. KCA is accepting donations toward scholarships.
Rodriguez Takes On New Leadership Role July 17, 2018
Eloy Rodriguez of New Providence has been appointed middle school principal and high school associate principal at Lancaster Mennonite School's Lancaster campus for the 2018-19 school year. Rodriguez is currently the principal at the New Danville campus. A new principal for New Danville is being sought as Rodriguez begins his new role at the Lancaster campus.
The Lancaster campus serves more than 500 students in sixth through 12th grades at 2176 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster. Among these students are youths from more than 30 countries, for whom Lancaster Mennonite serves as a boarding school.
Rodriguez brings 15 years of experience to the role of principal. He began his teaching career as a third-grade teacher in Luray, Va. He also brings experience in project-based learning, an interdisciplinary approach that invites students to acquire knowledge and skills through investigation, integration, and synthesis of a complex question, problem, or challenge experienced in the real word. In 2009, he joined the Lancaster Mennonite team as the fifth-grade teacher at the New Danville campus, where he became the principal in 2013.
During his nine years at the New Danville campus, Rodriguez and colleagues helped to implement the Blazer Buddy leadership program, a school learning garden, a composting and recycling program, a school-wide restorative discipline plan, student-led conferences in second- through fifth-grade classes, and a reading program for third- through fifth-grade students. Rodriguez has given leadership to the new MakerSpace that will open in the coming school year, giving students an opportunity each week to work through the design process as they collaborate, innovate, tinker, create, build, prototype, and practice problem solving related to real-world problems. Rodriguez also helped to organize a five-week Teaching Anti-Racism training for Lancaster Mennonite faculty and staff.
Rodriguez graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a Bachelor of Science in elementary education with a prekindergarten through sixth-grade teaching certification. He earned a Master of Education with a principal certification from Millersville University.
Rodriguez and his wife, Becky, are the parents of three children, two of whom are students at Lancaster Mennonite School. The family attends East Chestnut Street Mennonite Church.
Summer Camp Program Posted July 17, 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 email@example.com or call 717-295-7763. For more information, readers may visit www.lapcs.org or www.facebook.com/LaAcademiaThePartnershipCharterSchool.
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 www.rcspa.org.