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Students Honored In Math Program April 20, 2017

Sacred Heart School is ranked fifth in Pennsylvania and eighth in the nation in the First in Math Program, in which online practice reinforces a range of proficiencies from addition to complex algebra. In 1988, inventor Robert Sun developed a program to teach children the relationship between numbers through a game. The 24 Game is a mathematics teaching tool that is meant to engage students from diverse backgrounds and keep them energized to sustain accelerated effort.

This is the fifth year that Sacred Heart has participated in the program and the fifth year the school has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Small Schools. By participating in the 24 Game, students are rewarded for practicing daily math facts. Work is usually done at home and reinforces what has been taught in the classroom.

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Students Present Passion Play April 20, 2017

The second-grade class at Our Mother of Perpetual Help (OMPH) School in Ephrata recently presented its annual Passion play under the direction of second-grade teacher Beth Eberly.

A long-standing tradition at OMPH School, the play depicts the last week of Jesus' life, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. It is a tradition that helps to prepare the school community for the coming of Holy Week. The play is meant to give the students an opportunity to think deeply about what Jesus endured in order to bring humanity the Easter message of ever-lasting life.

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 738-2414 or visit www.omph.org.

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School Hosts Grandparents April 20, 2017

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Trades Class Offers Hands-On Education April 19, 2017

Building furniture, welding metal, cooking, completing art projects and raising quail are just some of the hands-on projects being completed by high school students during the new Introduction to Trades class being offered for the first time at Conestoga Christian School (CCS) in Morgantown.

The pilot program, which began last September, was offered as an elective, and 40 students signed up to participate. After an introductory session by instructors Larry Everhart and Christie Starr on safety and the use of power tools, students immediately began creating a suitable workspace for the Trades class. This included painting the walls and creating work tables for the space, which also includes an art classroom and woodshop. The community also contributed to the class by donating a 3-D printer, tools, a stove, a planer and other materials.

One of the students' first projects was to create furniture and craft items that were sold as part of the school's annual auction last October.

Since then, the class has learned basic automotive maintenance, grown plants and learned about animal husbandry by raising quail. Students are currently building an on-site greenhouse using donated materials and working on repurposing furniture, including an old cabinet that is being fashioned into a quail house. One group of students is making a coffee table for the student lounge area using old wooden pallets that will be refinished and stained.

Some students created a mural in the CCS elementary school building that frames the younger students' artwork, while others are making mosaics out of colorful glass. "Across the street is a ReUzit shop and they reuse everything, but they couldn't find a use for their broken dishes, so we have students who are making mosaics," said Starr.

Another group of students designed a meal plan for the son of one of the teachers, who needs a special diet, by trying out different recipes.

Everhart said that the class is similar to what would be offered at a vocational-technical school, but it allows students to take part in academic classes at the same location. "Here, they have good academics and this (class). They are CCS students all day long," he noted.

Starr explained that the class offering is unique and the projects are student-driven. "We act as facilitators," said Starr, who has prior experience working as a contractor.

"One of the fun things about this class is when we started to do research, neither one of us found any programs similar to what we are doing anywhere in the country, so we couldn't refer to a curriculum," said Starr. "The things the students can do now really floor me. They learned so much more than we expected."

"It's fun to watch them," added Everhart. "They ask each other questions. Some kids have had a lot of experience in construction, so (other students) will ask them about the use of tools. They are learning way more than the two of us could teach."

Students said that the Introduction to Trades class is useful for those planning to pursue a career directly after high school, as well as those who plan to continue their education. "This is a class where you work with your hands," said student Cody Zook, who plans to attend college to major in education. "Some people may never use these skills in their job, but they want to learn to be practical."

CCS, which offers classes for students in preschool through high school, is located at 2760 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. An open house is planned at the school on Thursday, May 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to view the classrooms and meet the teachers.

For more information, readers may contact Michelle Parris, admissions director, at michelle.parris@conestogachristian.net or call 610-286-0353, ext. 402. More information about the school is available at www.conestogachristian.net.

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Dayspring Will Stage "Anne Of Green Gables" April 19, 2017

Dayspring Christian Academy will present a musical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved novel "Anne of Green Gables" at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the school's auditorium at 120 College Ave., Mountville. The show was written by Wayne Scott and is an original LifeHouse production.

"Anne of Green Gables" is the story of a young orphan girl's quest for a place to call home. The touching tale about the hopes and dreams of a girl with a big imagination is filled with heartwarming drama and hilarious mishaps as the precocious Anne Shirley learns to find her way in the world and eventually into the hearts of the people of Avonlea.

"'Anne of Green Gables' is a wonderful classic that appeals to all ages," said faculty adviser Angela Adams. "Many of us can probably remember the first time we read the book and fell in love with the characters. Such a lively musical is a great way to introduce the flamboyant character of Anne to our own children."

The main character, Anne (Areanna Kroll, with Callie Smucker as understudy), has a heart for adventure, which she carries with her to her adoptive home with siblings Marilla Cuthbert (Marissa Rabold, with Lindsey Fair as understudy) and Matthew Cuthbert (Spencer Esh, understudied by Cameron MacKilligan). Not everyone in the town of Avonlea is happy with Anne's knack of getting into trouble, but Matthew understands Anne's value and works to show the rest of the town the unique, kind-hearted girl that he sees.

Adams noted that biblical principles can be found in the story. "Anne is judged based upon her appearance, especially her red hair, and sometimes her overenthusiastic imagination," she said. Adams pointed to 1 Samuel 16:7, which states that God does not pay attention to outward appearance but looks only at the heart. She noted that "Anne of Green Gables" invites its viewers to see others from God's point of view. "At Dayspring, we like to emphasize classics for their elevated language and for the glimpses of truth we find within their pages," Adams noted.

The musical will be fun and entertaining, since, as Adams mentioned, "Anne certainly does a great job of getting herself into some hilarious predicaments." People of all ages will enjoy laughing at the humorous scenarios throughout the musical and will appreciate the redemptive story woven throughout. "Anne is a wonderful example of a young girl moving toward maturity, and (the play tells the story of) the people that she influences and that influence her along the way," Adams said. "It's a very appealing story."

The people Anne encounters in Avonlea include her new best friend Diana Berry (Emma Hasting), an antagonizing classmate named Gilbert Blythe (Spencer Esh, understudied by Jackson Stone), and Marilla's persnickety friend, Rachel Lynde (Bryanna Still, with Kate Myers as understudy). Dayspring students who will play additional characters include Aiden Diffenderfer, Molly Bruner, Yowel Ali Bakhsh, Ali Bruner, Callie Smucker, Cole Ployd, Felicia Russo, Kate Warfel, Goldfinger Johnsons, Carly Groff, Alyssa Longenecker, Actura Diffenderfer, Eriyona Weaver, Hannah Armstrong, Mikayla Stoltzfus, Ohnika Celotto, and Sophia Arsel. Additional students will work backstage, and Alyssa Shuman will run the spotlight.

Tickets for the musical may be purchased at www.dayspringchristian.com or by calling 285-2000.

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School Plans Events April 19, 2017

York Catholic High School, 601 E Springettsbury Ave., York, has announced several events.

The school's senior high spring concert will take place on Sunday, April 30, at 6 p.m. and will feature the concert band, concert choir, and jazz band. The junior high concert on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. will feature the junior high chorus and junior high band. Admission is free.

York Catholic High School's art students will host a public display of their work at the school from Tuesday to Thursday, May 2 to 4, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and on May 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Students in grades seven through 11 will show their works completed during the school year while students in grade 12 will show compilations of their works from throughout their school career.

More than 350 students receive art instruction at York Catholic and are exposed to pencil drawing, canvas painting, marker designs, portraits, linoleum block prints, watercolors, charcoal drawings, and sculpture. The art students are instructed by Katie Lalic and Alicia Heist. For more information about the art show or the school's art program, readers may call the school at 846-8871.

Also, the public is invited to attend York Catholic's spring open house on Wednesday, May 3, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prospective junior high and senior high students and their families are welcome to tour the school and talk with faculty and staff. For more information, readers may call 846-8871, ext. 220.

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Students Donate Handmade Blankets April 19, 2017

Middle School students at West Fallowfield Christian School recently donated handmade blankets to the Nemours Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington, Del. The idea of a project to benefit older children who are patients came to middle school teacher Kim Smith from her husband, Scott, who is a chaplain at the hospital.

The middle school at WFCS has new clubs every quarter, and the idea for a blanket tying club was formed. The students worked for about 45 minutes each week on the blankets. The blankets were delivered to the hospital in April.

West Fallowfield Christian School is located at 795 Fallowfield Road, Atglen. For more information about the school, readers may visit www.wfcs.org or the school's Facebook page or call the school at 610-593-5011.

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Robotics Team To Compete In England April 18, 2017

York Country Day School's (YCDS) Cyber Hounds robotics team is one of four U.S. teams that will attend the FIRST Lego League (FLL) International Open Championship in Bath, England, in June. FLL is a worldwide program that challenges students in grades four through eight to think like scientists and engineers, build an autonomous robot, and help solve real-world problems.

YCDS began offered an after-school robotics program four years ago, and the school now also provides robotics for all students in kindergarten through grade 12 during the school day. In 2013, the Cyber Hounds were named grand champions at a local qualifying competition, followed by a third-place finish out of 60 teams in the 2014 regional competition at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, the team has consistently earned commendations each year for its robot design, project research, teamwork, and outreach to the community. The Cyber Hounds have helped several new FLL teams in the York and Harrisburg areas get started. The YCDS FIRST Robotics program is coordinated by Elizabeth Charleston, Middle and Upper School science teacher.

In June, the YCDS team, coaches, and parents will interact with 100 teams from around the world to exchange ideas, make new friends, and participate in the competition.

The YCDS students have set a fundraising goal of $20,000 to cover expenses for the team's participation in the competition. For donation information and more details about the Cyber Hounds, readers may visit www.cyberhoundstobath.com.

More information about the FIRST Lego League program is available at www.firstlegoleague.org/.

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School Accepts Donation April 18, 2017

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Homeschool Group Accepting Registrations April 18, 2017

Solid Foundations Homeschool Group is currently accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. Solid Foundations is a group of homeschooling families supporting one another and offering various eight-week classes throughout the fall and spring.

The group meets every other Tuesday at Living Stones Vineyard Church, 2292 Robert Fulton Highway, Peach Bottom. This year, the group will offer art, gym and science classes for children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

For more information, email sfhgpa@gmail.com or search for "Solid Foundations Homeschool Group" on Facebook.

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