Administrative Reports



Southern Fulton School District Work Session


Tuesday, March 21, 2006



District Report


Strategic Planning Meeting


The planning meeting for the core committee was held on March 16, 2006, at 7:00 p.m.


PANA Meeting


The wellness committee will meet on April 6, 2006, at 6:45 p.m. in the high school library.


Budget Meetings


We have had budget meetings with Mrs. Kendra Trail, Mrs. Diane Younker, Mr. Doug Leisher and Mr. Mike Shaw.  We are in the process of reviewing the high school budget with Mr. Gilliland.



High School Report


Student of the Month


The junior high student selected is Chase Duckwell.  There was a tie for the senior high student.  Because of this tie, Megan Barton will be the student of the month for March and Tracy Schriever will be the student of the month for April.  Each will be presented a plaque and certificate at the March 21, 2006 meeting.


Success Stories


Congratulations to the cheerleaders for receiving 1st in the 2006 Sideling Hill Competition.  The team tied for 1st with Everett in the Spirit Competition, 2nd in All around award, and 3rd for the season.  Congratulations to Jessie Murray, Tisheena Tritle and Rachael Norris for making all-star squad.


Congratulations to Tabitha Macon for winning “Best of the Show” in the Arts Festival on March 11th.  Also, Keena Elbin won top high school honors and Morgan Mills won for Jr. High. 


Congratulations to the members of the Warfordsburg FFA Chapter for their presentations at the Public Speaking Contest.  Josh Breeden took first place in Extemporaneous Speaking, Josh Sipes took first place in Junior Prepared Speaking.  In Creed Speaking Benjamin Swadley took 3rd, AJ Fletcher took 4th, and Kent Anderson took 12th. These gentlemen will be moving to the next round on to the Area Contests held March 30th.


Congratulations to the following students who made National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society.


NHS Inductees


Travis Michael Shives

Emily Marie Wivell

Jeremy Lynn Clingerman

Brittany Nicole Douglas

Kelly Eileen Elbin

Kristin Kay Palmer

Kristen Dawn Petersen

Rebecca Margret Schriever


NHS Current Members


Tracy Schriever ~ President

Lindsay Divilbliss ~ Vice President

Jamie Leese ~ Secretary

Erin Barlow ~ Treasurer

Sarah Keefer

Amanda Stohl

Megan Barton

Jeneice Shaw

Kevin Truax


NJHS Inductees


Brittany Ann Smith

Ashley Michelle Mellott

Caitlin Nicole Mellott

Lacey Lynn Beatty

Masey Elon Brown

Bailey Lynn Elbin

Mariah Shanelle Hill

Annette Nichole Hull

Nathan James Keebaugh

Morgan Ashleigh Mills

Eleanor Margaret Mundale

Caleb William Myers

NJHS Current Members


Daniel Wolfe ~ President

Elaina Truax ~ Vice President

Emily Garland ~ Secretary

Keena Elbin ~ Treasurer

Elizabeth Hartman ~ Parliamentarian

Chelsey Hollenshead ~ Historian

Carissa Gordon ~ Social Chairman

Christine Barlow

Megan Deneen

Samantha Gough

Natalie Keebaugh

Jesse Smartt

Alexandra Barnhart

Chase Duckwall

Lucas Mellott

Dakota Ritz

Jenna Ritz

Timothy Rohm

Samantha Sigel

Brian Stanley

Kelsi Swope

Adam Younker

Derek Younker


Congratulations to the Boys Basketball team for their excellent year and for making it to the second round of states.  They defeated Harmony in the first round.


Congratulations to Kristen Palmer and Kevin Truax on their participation in the PMEA Region III Chorus festival held this past weekend at Richland High School.  While they did not place for All State Chorus, it should be noted that Kristen received a “SUPERIOR” rating in vocal tone quality.  On a 180 point scale, Kevin came within 10 points of being selected to All State.  Both students did an outstanding job representing SFHS at the festival.


Congratulations to the following students who attended the Skills USA State conference in Lancaster, PA on Monday, March 13 – Wednesday, March 15: Tia Fix, Lindee Harr, Brandy Golden, Irma Appel, Dorothy Hakakian, Amber Boden, Heather Matz, and Casey Mellott.   While they did not place all students did an outstanding job representing SFHS at the conference.


We had our annual weather drill on March 16.  The Fulton County Emergency Management Agency Personnel were here for inspection.  The students handled themselves appropriately and made the principal proud.  There were no complaints from FCEMA.  We completed the drill in under 6 minutes with glowing reports from FCEMA.


Building Usage


The Fulton County Center for Families has been running a Dad’s Fatherhood class for the students of Southern Fulton School District that are or will be fathers.  This class is held in the Library on a continuing basis.  This is a good program especially for the future fathers.  It was to end in February, however there is need to continue this program.


FFA will be having a dance in the cafeteria on April 7, 2006 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.  They will be using the cafeteria from 4-11 for set up and tear down time.


The Needmore Volunteer Fire Company will be using the gym and cafeteria on April 22, 2006 for a Donkey Basketball Game.  They are requesting a custodian and will pay the fees.


The Shooting Stars will be using the cafeteria on May 7 for Basket Bingo from 11:00 – 5:00 p.m.  They have requested a custodian and will pay for it.


The FFA has requested the Cafeteria and Auditorium on May 26, 2006 for the FFA Chapter Banquet and Awards program from 3:00 – 10:00 including set up and tear down time. 


Field Trip Report


Mrs. Layton took the gifted students to Shippensburg University on March 2, 2006 to see a play at the University.  The play was “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”  The students who went along appreciated and enjoyed this experience.


Ms. Bickle took the FFA to the Bellwood Antis Basketball Tournament on March 4, 2006 and they were runner-up in the Tournament.


Ms. Bickle took 9 students to Central Fulton on March 16, 2006 for the Public Speaking Contest. (see above report).


Mr. Sams is requesting to take the German Club to the Holocaust Muesum for his annual trip on April 11, 2006.  He will leave at 6:30 a.m. and return at 5:00 p.m.


Ms. Booth has requested to take the FBLA students that placed in the competition to the state competition on April 19-21.  This state competition will be held in the Hershey Conference Center.


Ms. Bickle has requested to take the FFA to the PA Farm Show Complex in April 22, 2006 for the annual Rodeo.


Mr. Hollenshead and Mr. Kuhne requested taking the grades 7-12 Environthon teams to Cowan’s Gap State Park on 4/25/06 as budgeted and as was done in the past.


Mrs. Mottern has requested to take the BUSTED group to the York PA Susan Byrnes Center on April 27, 2006 for a program coordinated with the Health and Science Curriculum for 5th and 6th graders and Busted Members.


Mr. Kuhne and Mr. Hollenshead requested taking the 7-9 grade Eco Meet Teams

to Raystown Lake for the Annual Eco Meet Competition on 5/05/06 as budgeted and as was done in the past.


Conference Request Report


Mr. Matthew Quigg to go to the Pa Athletic Director’s Conference 3/23-24/06 as was done in the past and as budgeted.




Camp Cadet will be presenting to the students in 7th through 9th grade on Wednesday, March 22, 2006.

Reminder about the Ensemble Ice Cream Social Saturday, March 25, 2006 at 7:30 p.m.

March 25, 2006 Baseball scrimmage at Bedford 1:00

March 24, 27, 28 PSSA and Terra Nova Testing

March 28-29th Nocti Testing Votech

March 30th FFA Public Speaking Contest


BUSTED will present an assembly to the entire HS in the morning of April 6 then would like to keep just the 8th graders for some activities. This is for Kick Butts Day which is April 5.



Elementary Report


Building Usage


The Needmore 4-H Club has requested the use of the outside school grounds on Saturday, April 15, 2006, from 1:00 – 3:00 for their Annual Easter Egg Hunt.




Deanne Baker, Herbert Brambley, and Leslie Gates attended a free workshop sponsored by the IU on March 7, 2006, regarding information on Kid Writing. 


Marjory Leese and Kathy Zeitler attended a conference on March 8, 2006, entitled, “Big Blocks Literacy Framework.”


Diane Younker will be attending a conference on April 5, 2006, entitled, “Pennsylvania Special Education After Re-Authorization”.  The conference pertains to changes in special education laws.


Dena Mellott, Karen Palmer, Patricia Schetrompf, and Linda Francis will be attending a conference on Friday, April 7 (p.m.) and Saturday, April 8, entitled, “Paraeducator Weekend Seminar – Paraeducators: Going Above and Beyond.”


Kendra Trail will be attending a CAC (Curriculum Advisory Council) Meeting at the IU on March 11.


PSSA Testing (Reading and Math)


The third-grade students are testing on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of this week (March 20 – 23).  The fourth, fifth, and sixth-graders are testing on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week (March 21, 23, 24).


A PSSA Pep Rally was held on Friday, March 17.  Each grade level said a cheer to encourage the students that will be taking the PSSA’s.  Also, four students from the high school, PJ Hixon, Brian Palmer, Kari Powell, and Keri Schriever spoke to the students about hard work, believing in yourself, doing your best, etc.  They did a wonderful job and I know the students really enjoyed it.


Literacy Night


A Literacy Night was held on Wednesday, March 1, from 6:30 – 8:00 for students in grades 3-6 along with their parents.  Literacy/math stations were set up for students and parents to visit.  The event was well attended and parents commented that they would like to see more evening activities for students.


Guest Readers


In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, guest readers from the community read books to each classroom.  The students really enjoyed this!


Reading Meetings


I will be meeting with teachers on Wednesday, March 29 to discuss student’s reading progress.  Each teacher will be providing data to show what grade level individual students are being instructed at.


Accountability Block Grant


I received notification that this grant is due April 10.  I plan on working on it March 30 and 31.


Art Fair


The Art Fair was held on Saturday, March 11, 2006.  I had the opportunity to speak with Senator Jubelirer, Representative Dick Hess, and County Commissioner Daniel Swain.  As always the art work was spectacular!  Kudos to Mrs. Mottern for all of her hard work!




Pennies for Patients - Currently, over $2000.00 has been raised for helping to fight cancer in children.  This ends on March 24.


Jump Rope for Heart - This is the first year that Southern Fulton Elementary participated in Jump Rope for Heart.  The parents and students raised $5, 210.05 for the American Heart Association.  WOW!!




On March 14, a presentation through the Busted! Program was presented to students in grades 4-6 regarding tobacco.


The Officer Phil Program will be at the elementary school on April 6 to present information to fifth and sixth-grade students about drugs and alcohol. 


Community Relations


The next Community Relations Meeting will be held on Monday, April 10 at 9:00 a.m.



Federal Programs Report


A representative from PDE will be present to complete the Federal Program monitoring on March 27 and 28.



Facilities Manager Report




New letter holders were installed on the sign in front of the high school. This was a warranty item.


The sound system in the auditorium and gymnasium was recently repaired.


The track and ball fields have had fertilizer spread on them and are being prepared for spring sporting events.


Business Manager Report


 PASBO Conference


I attended the PASBO Conference in Hershey on March 7-10. It was very informative. 


Budget Meetings


We are currently working on the budget and have met with Mrs. Trail, Mrs. Younker, Mr. Leisher and Mr. Shaw.  



Technology Specialist Report


PASecureID Project


The state is mandating that all school districts have a unique state student identifier.  This is in addition to our local student identifier.  There are three phases to the project.  I’ve completed phase I (verification of existing students).  Phases II and III will begin in May with the project to be completed by July 2006.




We have received confirmation that eRate received our Form 471.  The next step is for them to notify us that our requests have been approved.


Donated Computers


The Social Security Office in Chambersburg has up to 26 computers and 17” monitors that they are willing to donate to us.  The specifications are:


            CPU:                Intel Pentium III  933Mhz

            Memory:          256MB

            Disk Drive:       At least 20GB


I will take 10 or 15 of these (more if needed) to be used as extra computers in classrooms at the HS and ES.  They will be stored at the old ES building until they are ready to be installed.


Certification Update


On Tuesday March 21, 2006 I will be attending my last class meeting for the last course that I need to obtain my vocational teaching certificate.  Once my transcript has been updated with my grade from this course, I’ll submit the proper paperwork to PDE to obtain this certificate.  Afterwards, I’ll just need to comply with the Act 48 requirements to maintain this certification.


In August 2005 I successfully completed all work and obtained my Instructional Technology Certificate.  Once I get my vocational teaching certificate, I’ll be certified in everything I need to be for my current job position.