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District Takes Part In "Read For The Record" October 20, 2017


Londonderry Elementary Sets Read-A-Thon October 19, 2017

Londonderry Elementary School will hold a day of reading and fun on Friday, Oct. 27. The school is holding its inaugural Read-a-Thon, for which students will seek sponsorships for reading. The event is similar to a walk-a-thon, but instead of miles walked, the students will ask for donations for the number of books read in a day.

Recently, the school held a kickoff assembly involving the high school cheerleaders and read-along poems to get students excited for the event.

A tentative schedule for Oct. 27 will be as follows: 9:05 to 9:25 a.m., DEAR - Drop Everything and Read; 9:25 to 10:05 a.m., a first- and fourth-grade Pride Pal Reading Activity; 10:05 to 10:45 a.m., a kindergarten and third-grade Pride Pal Reading Activity; and 10:45 to 11:25 a.m., a second- and fifth-grade Pride Pal Reading Activity. Following lunch and recess, the afternoon will include a parade of book characters from 1:30 to 2 p.m., DEAR from 2 to 2:30 p.m., and a read-aloud, craft, and snack time from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m.


High School Plans Day Of Service October 19, 2017

Thursday, Nov. 9, will be a school day, but approximately 800 Solanco High School students will not be in school. Rather, accompanied by teachers, they will disperse throughout the region to volunteer at charitable organizations and other venues. In the event of rain, the Day of Service will be postponed until Friday, Nov. 17.

The inaugural Solanco High School Day of Service was created by a number of faculty members, including English teachers Erica Long and Jessica Prokay, music teacher Erin Brubaker, social studies teacher Rob Althouse, and math teacher Chris Rachor. The group is an off-shoot of a leadership team that principal Steph Lininger formed last year to foster student and faculty unity. Faculty members found organizations to serve, and students were invited to sign up. Participation in the event is not mandatory, and no incentives were offered. Students who did not opt in will report to the high school for educational, on-campus activities or attend their classes at the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center.

Some of the projects will require students to use specialized skills, while others will be more general. All of them will require the participants to demonstrate the Solanco School District's core character traits of respect, responsibility, courage, and kindness.

More than 150 students are slated to visit classrooms throughout the district, assisting in art and reading classes, inventorying clothing for Renee's Closet and Dapper Dan's, and performing concert and marching band music. Many of those volunteers will help younger students with painting rocks for the Kindness Rocks Project.

Numerous students will volunteer in the Southern End, while several groups will travel to Mount Joy and into Maryland.

Senior Kyle Dombach, who hopes to be involved in the housing industry, will serve with Refton-based IMPACT! Missions. Trained professionals will work alongside Kyle and 44 other students as they make homes warmer, safer, and drier for those in need.

Senior Austin Murry will split wood, stain outdoor furniture, and operate a pressure washer with 14 peers at Black Rock Retreat, located south of Quarryville. "It's a great way to give back because they've given me so much (through summer camp)," Austin said.

An interest in animals, plus a fascination with Jimmie the reticulated giraffe, inspired senior Randi Rambo to opt to head down to Plumpton Park Zoo in Maryland. She expects to assist with ground maintenance, raking, weeding, and general cleanup. "It's cool to see that our (school) community could come together as one to give back," she said. "We don't know of any other school doing this."

"Seeing so many and such varied opportunities is inspiring," added senior Rachael Opdenaker. She has chosen to serve at the Global Aid Network logistics center in Mount Joy, sewing feminine hygiene products for women in developing countries and organizing blankets and other items for distribution.

"(It's convicting) to imagine not having access to basic accessories," Rachael said. "It is not something I think about."

Inspiring students to increase their awareness about needs in local and global communities cannot necessarily be found in a textbook or taught in a lecture.

"Instead of telling kids, we'll be showing them," Long commented.

Rachor noted that while the inaugural Day of Service was planned by faculty members, the committee hopes to get students involved in leading the event next year. Student groups contributed funds to support the event. Businesses that would like to sponsor next year's Day of Service, as well as organizations that would like to host student volunteers, may email Rachor at


EASD Sets Veterans Day Event October 19, 2017

The Elizabethtown Area School District (EASD) will hold its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, to honor local military veterans. The service will begin at 10:30 a.m. in front of Elizabethtown Area High School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, rain or shine. The public is encouraged to to join students, faculty, and staff in paying tribute to veterans from the greater Elizabethtown area.

Taking part in the program will be Terry Seiders, school board president; Michele Balliet, superintendent of schools; Chuck Mummert, mayor of Elizabethtown borough; and numerous high school students.

All local veterans are invited to take part in the celebration. Interested veterans are asked to register by visiting and completing the online registration form by Tuesday, Nov. 7. They may also register by contacting Troy Portser, director of school and community information, at 717-367-1521, ext. 10024, or


Learning Skills For Success October 19, 2017

Penn Manor ninth-graders will participate a new program designed to help them develop the "soft skills" employers say are needed to succeed in the modern workforce.

All freshmen will complete online courses toward earning a Comet Credential, a certificate indicating they have completed training on a series of essential interpersonal skills and practices to help them succeed.

The courses include such topics as "Time Management: Quit Making Excuses and Make Time Instead," "Making and Carrying Out Tough Decisions," "Communication Methods that Make Sense - and Make Your Point" and "Difficult People: Strategies to Keep Everyone Working Together."

According to school counselor Melissa Ostrowski, the training will give all students the tools to successfully navigate their four years of high school and transition to college or the workforce.

This program is the first of its kind targeting an entire high school class - more than 400 students - in Pennsylvania. Students will complete the courses in addition to their regular academic work.

The Comet Credential program is a collaborative effort involving local business representatives, the Lancaster County Workforce Development Board and CareerLink of Lancaster County, which is part of the American Job Center network.

The courses that students will complete are the same ones that Lancaster County employers are offering to their workers as part of SkillUp Lancaster, an initiative designed to bolster the skills of the local workforce.

The Comet Credential program kicked off on Sept. 27 with an assembly that included a presentation by Scott Fiore of a local staffing agency on the skills students will need to succeed in the job market.

Penn Manor freshmen began the courses on Oct. 11 and will work on them throughout the school year.


LCCTC Launches Apprenticeship Programs October 19, 2017

The Culinary and Pastry Arts programs at the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center (LCCTC) have announced the debut of two separate apprenticeship programs that will combine local industry experience with advanced education. The two apprenticeship programs, accredited through American Culinary Federation (ACF) and the Department of Labor and Industry, began at the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Each apprenticeship is a two-year program including 445 hours of classroom instruction at LCCTC and 4,000 hours of training at sponsoring restaurants. Culinary apprentices are eligible to test for ACF Certified Culinarian and ACF Certified Sous Chef, and pastry apprentices are eligible to test for ACF Certified Pastry Cook and ACF Certified Working Pastry Culinarian.

The classroom instruction portion of the programs will be delivered by the LCCTC chef instructors and brand ambassadors for the ACF apprenticeship program, Robert Corle Jr. and Brian D. Peffley.

In addition, the LCCTC has in place an articulation agreement with HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College. Those who successfully complete the apprenticeship program will receive 41 credits toward an associate's degree.

For more information on LCCTC program offerings or to apply, readers may call 717-273-8551 or visit


Hempfield High School Announces Expanded Homecoming Court October 19, 2017


Pequea Classrooms Receive Transformation October 19, 2017

Pennsylvania College of Art and Design (PCA&D) graduates are helping Pequea Elementary School transform its classrooms into works of art based on children's books.

The project began when Pequea teacher Elizabeth Raff reached out to PCA&D in spring 2016 to find students who would be interested in working in a school or helping with a classroom transformation project.

PCA&D put Raff in contact with artists Kevin Mancuso and Alexandria Bonner.

Raff's classroom was transformed with an "Alice in Wonderland" theme, complete with images of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, a deck of playing cards, and the bottom half of a mannequin dressed like Alice hanging from the ceiling. At the front of the class is a checkerboard stage upon which Raff and her students can "perform" for the class.

The partnership has continued this school year.

A second-grade classroom at Pequea is being outfitted with ribbons of leaves, vines, and tree bark hanging from ceilings and walls for a "Magic Tree House" effect. Another classroom will be decorated in a "Harry Potter" style, and another room will follow a country-western theme.

"When the students enter these rooms, they are immediately drawn in and excited," said Pequea principal Shirley Murray. "This makes a great first impression."

Murray said the materials to decorate the classes are being provided by the school's PTO and other sponsors, but Mancuso and Bonner are volunteering their time.


Students Complete Reading Challenges October 19, 2017

Hundreds of Penn Manor elementary students were treated to ice cream at the start of the school year as a reward for completing reading challenges over the summer.

At Conestoga Elementary School, 74 students completed 200 minutes of reading, or eight books, over the summer, and 33 students completed at least 600 minutes, or 24 books, over the summer.

At Letort Elementary, nearly half the school's enrollment of more than 300 students met their challenge by reading for at least eight hours over the summer.

Similar challenges were issued at other Penn Manor elementary schools, and the schools treated their readers - and any newly enrolled students - to ice cream in recognition of their efforts.


Penn Manor Honors Psychology Teacher October 19, 2017

Penn Manor High School psychology teacher Maria Vita has been named chair-elect of the American Psychological Association's Committee of Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools.

The committee promotes professional development, high academic standards and leadership among high school psychology teachers, and it supports efforts to recruit students, especially minorities, to the field.

Vita has been a Penn Manor teacher since 2003.


School Honors Students Of The Month October 19, 2017


School Welcomes New Service Dog October 19, 2017

When Manor Middle School students returned to school for the new year, they were greeted by a new staff member: Wrangler the service dog. Wrangler, an Australian Labradoodle, was assigned to the school this year for the purpose of helping students feel more comfortable. Wrangler's handler and owner is the school's guidance counselor, Danielle Rogers.

The dog, who recently celebrated his first birthday, leads new students on tours of the school and stops in to visit classrooms throughout the day. He also sits with students who are upset, anxious or experiencing other emotional problems, and he is a regular companion to students on the playground. In addition, Wrangler models good behavior for students by showing them how he responds to commands to sit, stay and leave a room. But what he does the most, according to Rogers, is express unconditional affection for all the students.

Rogers says that at Manor Middle School, like much of society, more students have been experiencing stress and anxiety in recent years. Part of Wrangler's job is to provide a calming effect on everyone at the school.

Wrangler is the second service dog at Manor. Walker, a Labrador retriever who has been at the school for 11 years, is nearing retirement. Both dogs have been trained through the United Disabilities Services' New Life Assistance Dogs program.


High School Posts News October 19, 2017

Penn Manor High School has posted its recent news.

A total of 14 Penn Manor High School students are participating in mentoring programs with local businesses through the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Activities include one-on-one mentoring, job shadowing and professional growth opportunities at area businesses.

The students participating in the Women in Business Mentoring Program are Hailey Lefever, MaKayla Miller, Zulfiya Muradova, Sofia Rivera, Yelitza Rivera, Kendra Weiss, Anna Wilton and Valentina Zamora. Participaing in the Chamber's Young Men's Mentoring Program are Donovan Lefever, Jamar Gordon Jr., Brendan Peachey, John Kendig-Henisee, Jared Erb and Adam Becker.

Also, Penn Manor senior Kevin Ward has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist. He is one of approximately 16,000 students across the United States, or approximately one third of the 50,000 high scorers, selected as a semifinalist. He will learn in February whether he has been named a finalist.

Twenty-two members of the Penn Manor National Honor Society helped clean up Musser Park in Lancaster city during the United Way Day of Caring on Sept. 8 and 9. The students volunteered at Musser Park on East Chestnut Street, where they raked, picked up sticks, mulched, completed brick edging, moved paving blocks and scrubbed playground equipment. They worked under the direction of Lancaster city public works employees.

The participating students, all seniors, were Emily Aukamp, Emma Batchelor, Maryellen Companaro, Trevor Charles, Seth Eaby, Lauren Elledge, Danielle Heisey, Lindsey Lord, Hannah Mader, Stephen Minnick, Reed Morrison, Collin Morrison, Ali Murphy, Ryan Nicklas, Alex Patterson, Brianna Reitnauer, Anne Schoelkopf, Morgan Smoker, Julia Tappany, Aidan Toomey, Jane Tumanga and Kevin Ward.

When the Penn Manor girls' volleyball team needed to order new warm-up shirts this season, the players took it upon themselves to come up with a design, negotiate with a vendor, and arrange for delivery of the new gear.

A group of senior team members researched college volleyball team logos online before using an app to create a unique design for the Penn Manor team. Working with a company that makes athletic products out of recycled polyester, they streamlined the design, selected colors and sizes, established pricing and placed an order for 35 shirts.

Senior Mikiah Sangrey said the experience helped her learn time management skills and gave her practice with professional correspondence as she communicated with company representatives.

Athletic director Jeff Roth said he appreciated the team members taking the initiative to design, order and procure the shirts, which should last several years. The purchase was funded by the Penn Manor Athletic Department.


Students Serve As School Board Representatives October 18, 2017

On Oct. 16, the Lower Dauphin Board of School Directors appointed high school junior Cassandra McIntire to serve as associate student school board representative.

McIntire will serve beside high school senior Alexandra Sassaman, who is returning for a second year as student school board representative.

McIntire is the daughter of Steve and Shelly McIntire. She is a member of the softball team and band and participates in Student Council and the Volunteen club. She is also a member of the English National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society and is in the PULSE program at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center. She is also involved in her church and participates as a mentor in Lower Dauphin Communities That Care's Club Ophelia program.

Sassaman is the daughter of David and Lynn Sassaman. She is a member of the cross-country and girls' lacrosse teams and also participated in track and field. She plays violin in the orchestra and is a two-year member of the Young Republicans and the National English Honor Society. She has attended several leadership camps and was a member of last year's Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy at the high school. She plans to attend the United States Naval Academy, the Virginia Military Institute, or another college or university with an NROTC program with the goal of becoming an officer in the United States Marine Corps.


School Holds Fundraisers For Red Cross October 18, 2017

Shrewsbury Elementary School recently held two fundraisers to benefit the American Red Cross. The events, Penny Wars and Hat Day, raised almost $2,500 for the organization.

Hat Day was held on Sept. 8. Students were able to make a donation to the Red Cross and wear a hat to school. Almost $1,000 was raised by the staff and students during the event.

Students ran the Penny Wars contest during homeroom period throughout the week of Sept. 18 to 22. Each grade level competed to see who could accumulate the most points during the week, with each penny worth one point. Overall, the students raised more than $1,512, with fifth grade finishing in first place, third grade in second place, and fourth grade in third place.

Art teacher Michele Reedich volunteered to make a banner as a prize for the winning grade level. Students from the winning grade level signed the banner, which will be displayed in the school lobby.


School Announces Fundraiser October 18, 2017

Solanco High School students, teachers and staff will raise funds in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students in the Ophelia Club are selling breast cancer awareness bracelets during lunch periods at the high school. At the Solanco football game on Friday, Oct. 27, bracelets and rally towels will be distributed to people who make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. The school is located at 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville.

Students and staff also plan to wear pink to school and the football game on Oct. 27 to support people impacted by breast cancer and to help raise awareness of the battle against breast cancer.

For more information, email Solanco High School counselor Lindsay Capoferri at


Good News Club To Meet October 18, 2017

The Good News Club will meet every Thursday after school at Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson. Children will enjoy games, singing, Bible stories, and verses.

The club is free, and all students are welcome.


Clearview Elementary Enjoys Learning Experiences October 18, 2017

Students at Clearview Elementary School in Red Lion Area School District recently enjoyed several special experiences.

Every year, Clearview teams up with Collinsville Community Library in Brogue to set goals and rewards in order to promote summer reading. Students participating in the summer reading club logged minutes they read throughout the summer, with aim of meeting the school-wide goal of 100,000 minutes. However, Clearview readers surpassed that goal and logged a combined total of 218,542 minutes.

Students celebrated that total by turning local librarian Ellen Helfrick into a human ice cream sundae on Oct. 6. Dressed in a swimming cap and goggles, Helfrick took the stage as the top 10 readers armed with syrup and sprinkles turned her into an ice cream sundae, complete with a whole jar of cherries.

Clearview Elementary students in kindergarten through third grade recently learned about 17th-century Pilgrims with the guidance of Malka Benjamin, a museum teacher from the Society of Mayflower Descendants of Pennsylvania (SMDPA) from Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth, Mass. Benjamin portrayed a resident of the 1624 Plimoth Colony, using her life story to frame the program. She spoke with a regional English dialect of the 17th century and wore replica clothing. She shared the Pilgrim story, from hiring the Mayflower in England, through the journey and the first winter, to Thanksgiving in Plymouth.

Students had the opportunity to try on Colonial clothing, play with traditional handmade toys, and use chalk and a slate as well as feather pens.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students October 13, 2017

The Donegal High School (DHS) Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that Grace Miller and Andrew Erb are the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for September. The selected students were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary Club during the monthly club meeting.

Grace is the daughter of Chris and Julie Miller of Mount Joy. She is a member of National Honor Society (NHS) and Student Council. She plays in the DHS orchestra and is secretary of the Class of 2018. She is a four-year member of the field hockey and softball teams. Outside of school, Grace serves as a tutor. After graduation, Grace plans to attend the University of Delaware to major in exercise science and participate in field hockey.

Andrew is the son of Phil and Mindy Erb of Mount Joy. Andrew is a member of the NHS and was president of FBLA. He is a leader for the Prayer Group and serves as president of the Class of 2018. He is also a four-year member of the football and baseball teams. Outside of school, Andrew has served as a counselor at church camp. After graduation, he plans to attend a four-year college to major in business.


Mount Joy Rotary Honors Students October 13, 2017

The DHS Counseling Office and Career Resource Center has announced that the Mount Joy Rotary Students of the Month for October are Alice Fernald and Silas Buckwalter. They were slated to be honored by members of the Mount Joy Rotary during their monthly luncheon meeting.

Alice Fernald is the daughter of Chad and Christy Fernald of Mount Joy. Her high school activities include membership in the National Honor Society as a junior and senior. Additionally, she is a four-year member of Prayer Group and the varsity soccer and track and field teams, and she has been involved with costuming for Donegal Performing Arts since her freshman year. Alice also played on the basketball team from ninth through 11th grades. In the community, Alice is a member of Calvary Bible Church's youth group and is involved helping with children's and junior church services. She is considering spending time overseas for mission work in the future. After graduation, Alice plans to attend college to major in education, with the goal of teaching and coaching.

Silas is the son of Judd and Susan Buckwalter of Mount Joy. He is a three-year member of the cross-country team and a four-year member of the track and field team and Donegal Performing Arts. He was in the marching band in ninth and 10th grades and Rhythm Singers from ninth through 11th grades. As a junior and senior, Silas has had membership in National Honor Society and Tri-M Music Honor Society. He has also participated in the Donegal Experiential Education Program (D.E.E.P). He attends Calvary Bible Church, where he is a member of the Wilderness Journeymen Group. After graduation, Silas plans to attend college on a pre-medicine track.

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